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Saturday 21 October 2017

O'gara on . . .

O'Gara on...

Paddy Jackson

"There's no doubt these boys have big futures, but I questioned Paddy Jackson being ready for international rugby at that stage. I think he has a huge future because he's humble, respectful and aware of where he is."

Declan Kidney

"I believe he was hugely beneficial to me, all the way through to becoming and then surviving as an international, but then I probably relied more on technical expertise at that stage because, partly with his help, I was mentally strong and able to motivate myself. Hence, over time his role became less influential for me."

Simon Zebo

"I've had the chats with Zeebs to get his act in gear, and I gave it to him 18 months ago. It's unbelievable how quickly he's turned it around. Now I know what makes him operate to the best of his ability, and that's to dance and listen to music and wear his cap backwards in the gym."

Johnny Sexton

"Since the World Cup, both our friendship and the level of respect between us have grown. Johnny's clearly a good player, and I think he's also becoming an intelligent player, in pulling the right plays at the right time, which is a key attribute in becoming a great 10."

Joe Schmidt

"He comes highly recommended, more than anyone else I can remember. It's the standards he sets, the culture he builds and the level of detail he brings."

Irish Independent

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