RONAN O'GARA: I got three minutes in a room with Jacky. I was honoured to get that

No I haven’t walked the 200 feet of tunnel that reputedly leads from renowned London wine merchants Berry Brothers and Rudd to Buckingham Palace, but I am assured such a route exists, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: Munster is the one I love, the club that gave me everything. But that guarantees nothing...

I want Munster to win. That’s where I am from. Home is always home. Where the heart is. But there’s a deep feeling there for guys who will be playing in blue and white as well, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Show me your defence and I’ll tell you what’s possible

It will take just over an hour by air for the Racing 92 players to fly to Toulouse for Sunday’s important Top 14 game at the Stade Ernest Wallon, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: If Racing stop Munster up front, they’ll have final word

Thomond Park and its 26,000-plus fanatics made quite the din last Saturday. 

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RONAN O'GARA: 14 hours on a flight and cup quarters are still up in the air

It is fascinating from a collisions point of view watching Ma’a Nonu, pictured, and Mathieu Bastareaud. How will Munster check them, asks Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Many believe there’s loads more to come from Ireland. I wouldn’t be too sure

After the 2015 World Cup, the Racing 92 coaching ticket was invited to meet the ex-England head coach Stuart Lancaster in Paris, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: The country expects Ireland to deliver a Grand Slam at Twickenham. So should the players

Ronan O’Gara says this Ireland team should want to complete the Grand Slam, then go to Australia in the summer and win a Test series down there.

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RONAN O'GARA: Don’t shush Grand Slam talk, embrace it

Let’s hope that the Grand Slam hasn’t been treated as some sort of interloper around the team room in Carton House this week. Keith Earls was on the money when he said that the next two games were the biggest of his Irish career.

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RONAN O'GARA: You mightn’t appreciate Irish strength in depth ‘til the World Cup

MIKE Prendergast would have had some head on him this week. That sort of bould Limerick ‘I told you so’ head.

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RONAN O'GARA: Warren Gatland knows us well, so why’s he fretting?

Warren Gatland will be wondering what Joe Schmidt can throw at Wales, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Six Nations moves into cup rugby territory now

The Scarlets are in Dublin tomorrow for a PRO14 meeting with Leinster. It’s not the real Scarlets, of course. 

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RONAN O'GARA: The smallest of margins can make the biggest difference

Are you a red, blue, yellow, or green personality type? And which of those boxes does a particular player fit into?

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RONAN O'GARA: French players know Ireland are better than them now

The psychology of sport is based on preparing better, believing you are better, and being better than the opposition. And at the elite level, possessing a ruthless, clinical instinct to drive home that superiority.

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RONAN O'GARA: Always beware of fella with medals in the pocket

I’VE been thrown around like a child’s doll a few times over the years, been spun arse over kettle like a washing machine cycle by back rows who ought to know better.

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