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13 tips for Ronan O’Gara ahead of his coaching debut with Racing Metro tonight

Because failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

Give your best talents some space

Image: INPHO/Harold Cunningham

Protect your players (but keep your guard up)

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Honesty is the best policy

“I’ve had mixed times with him — I’ve had some great times, I’ve had some challenging times but I respect the man and that’s exactly where I stand on the whole thing.”
- O’Gara on Kidney after he was dropped

But not all the time

“I thought for the Scotland game I was the better option. The new boys need to be promoted and that’s what I would have backed as well. But I just thought for a crucial away game that you have to win I would’ve done the job against Scotland and then you can walk off happy into the sunset or whatever.”
- O’Gara on Kidney ruining the fairytale end

Learn from the best

Better times for O’Gara and Kidney after the 2009 Grand Slam. (INPHO/Billy Stickland)

Don’t be afraid to drop a player if you feel he is past it

‘You’re going to do WHAT Deccie?!’ (INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Teach the new guys all about clutch Drop Goals

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There’s no harm rubbing in a win every now and then

Image: INPHO/ Tom Honan

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Set a good example to the young bucks

Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Teach them that winning counts, no matter the sport

‘Check this out Kearns!’ (INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

Charm the media. It’ll help in the long run

Image: INPHO/Billy Stickland

And ask this guy if he’s free to join you when he eventually hangs up the boots

Image: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

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