RONAN O'GARA: Joe Schmidt straddling the divide between now and then with Ross Byrne call

Joe Schmidt has not sacrificed the chances of an historic tour victory tomorrow, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: They could sell tickets for Pocock v Leavy as a standalone

Dan Leavy has a face you don’t want to argue with. Every crease, crevice, and scar speaks of a personality which doesn’t take a backward step, neither physically or metaphorically. 

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RONAN O'GARA: In Brisbane, we may discover if Ireland have Johnny’s back

The Crusaders got a week off after the Chiefs game up in Hamilton. Some of the squad went off to Fiji for R&R. I’m using the time for a bit of a recharge before heading to Brisbane today ahead of the first test.

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RONAN O'GARA: Game plan must evolve to get best of a terrific 10

It’s rare now I get an instant buzz from something that’s not on a pitch in front of me, but such was the sensation, even in a different hemisphere, when Joey Carbery confirmed his career direction yesterday.

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RONAN O'GARA: Players aren’t bits of furniture or pieces of meat

Three weeks ago, on these pages, I wondered aloud why Munster weren’t in the frame for Joey Carbery.

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RONAN O'GARA: Where the mind goes, the body will follow

The one they left after them? Presumably the Racing 92 players and management recognise it was a Champions Cup final they should have won.

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RONAN O'GARA: Why we started sing songs on the team bus at Racing

In the Racing 92 training complex at Plessis-Robinson in Paris, there they were, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand

Five miles outside the bustling city of Sydney is Coogee, a beautiful beach area with little, winding streets and cafes with coffee to die for.

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RONAN O'GARA: Zebo absence spooked Murray more than Racing did

In my early weeks in Christchurch I picked up some helpful pointers from the Crusaders’ head coach Scott Robertson, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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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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