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13 reasons why we’ll miss Ronan O’Gara

Following the Munster legend’s decision to retire, we celebrate his stellar career.

1. The rivalry between himself and Jonny Sexton drew the best out of both players

(INPHO/James Crombie)

2. He always wore his heart on his sleeve

(INPHO/James Crombie)

3. His fondness for a bit of Queen



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4. And his, erm, down-to-earth manner with the actual Queen

(INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

5. His ability to take a punch… Or 11



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6. His staunch patriotism

On England v Ireland:

7. His articulate interviews



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8. His coolness under pressure



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9. His willingness to accept his role as an impact sub during Ireland’s summer tour of New Zealand

“The most important thing, from a senior players’ point of view, is, inexperience or experience and whether you start or are in the 22, you have to make a positive impact when you come onto the pitch, whether it is one minute or 80 minutes. The sooner the 22 start believing and operating like that, I think, Ireland will be in a better place.”

10. His ability to inspire the most passionate reaction imaginable



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11. Winning meant everything to him

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12. He created one of the most iconic tries in Irish rugby history

13. His ability to still look like a schoolboy after all these years

(Pictured in 1999 – INPHO/Andrew Paton)

What have we forgotten?

The best bits from Ronan O’Gara’s debut as a rugby columnist>

Honesty & magic — O’Gara retires having made Irish rugby great>

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