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True sports stars are always persecuted by their drive for perfection

Published 04/01/2014 | 02:30

Roy keane
Ronan O'Gara

My dream TV documentary? Easy. It would be 'Roy and ROG -- Head to Head'. Imagine? The two Corkmen bouncing off each other in an interview. Roy Keane would show off his one-liners. Ronan O'Gara could show his emotive soliloquies. Both would bring The Truth. At least their versions of it.

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Roy and ROG are two of the most fascinating Irish sportspeople of our time -- their individualism is intoxicating to watch. Both revealed more of themselves in recent documentaries -- 'ROG' on RTE this week and 'Keane & Vieira -- Best of Enemies' on ITV last month. They didn't rush to have those programmes made. It was four years in the works for O'Gara. Apparently it took two years for Keane to even agree to do his show and tell.

They seem to have plenty in common. Both could swap experiences from their playing days; a feeling of being let down by their managers and their dealings with feisty young pretenders. They're both currently assistant coaches. ROG has four children, Roy has five. Both have an edge. And both have as good as trademarked their own winning mentality.

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