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Ronan O'Gara

Ronan O'Gara

There is an old Irish joke where a hopelessly lost tourist asks an old man by the side of the road “Can you tell me how to get to Dublin?” After a few minutes thinking, the man replies, “Well, you don’t want to start from here.”

If you were a rugby coach or player in 2014 and wanted to be in the city of Marseille participating on the European finals weekend eight years later, you definitely wouldn’t have started in the second division of the French Championship. But 2014 was the year that the European Challenge Cup winners Lyon and Champions Cup winners La Rochelle were both promoted to the Top 14.


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