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Ronan O'Gara v Johnny Sexton: The fierce competitors who clashed from the off in intense rivalry

In this series we have asked our writers to recall their favourite sporting rivalries that have brought colour and drama to the games we love

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Leinster No 10 Johnny Sexton has a word in the ear of Munster’s Ronan O’Gara as he celebrates Gordon D’Arcy’s try in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster No 10 Johnny Sexton has a word in the ear of Munster’s Ronan O’Gara as he celebrates Gordon D’Arcy’s try in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Leinster No 10 Johnny Sexton has a word in the ear of Munster’s Ronan O’Gara as he celebrates Gordon D’Arcy’s try in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

During the recent Six Nations, Conor Murray and John Cooney were put up for interview together. Over the course of 25 minutes, the two rivals for the No 9 jersey happily chatted about their relationship and the work they do together to help each other improve. Throughout, they stressed that there is no enmity between them.

Sitting in the stuffy, characterless box of a room in Abbottstown, one wondered what Ronan O'Gara and Johnny Sexton's reaction would have been if a member of the comunications team had suggested they sit alongside each other for a session with the media.

Two words spring to mind. One is unprintable, the other one is 'off'.