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Dublin: 7 °C Monday 18 February, 2019

'There'll be sparks and fireworks' - Ronan O'Gara gives his take at our All Blacks preview night

The Irish rugby legend spoke openly on a series of topics at Liberty Hall in Dublin.

Multicam.01_16_06_03.Still001 O'Gara (centre) on stage with The42's Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella. Source: The42

A CAPACITY CROWD turned out to Dublin’s Liberty Hall on Wednesday night as we talked all things rugby with Irish sporting royalty. 

In association with Aldi, The42 treated readers to a frank and open discussion with Munster great and Irish Examiner columnist Ronan O’Gara ahead of this weekend’s mouth-watering November Test between Joe Schmidt’s Ireland and current world champions New Zealand. 

Alongside Murray Kinsella and Gavan Casey, ROG talked about his own playing days and what it means to face the All Blacks, family life in Paris and Christchurch and his coaching ambitions with Crusaders, Munster and Ireland. 

Multicam.01_16_18_23.Still002 The lads analysed particular strengths and weaknesses of New Zealand's play. Source: The42

I’ll never forget when you play them [the All Blacks],” O’Gara explained. “Your heart beats a little bit faster, you’ve less time on the ball.”

After much deliberation, the Cork native predicted an “18-18 draw” at the Aviva Stadium before answering a series of questions from the floor — with one lucky fan winning a pair of tickets to Saturday’s match thanks to Aldi. 

Watch how a thoroughly-enjoyable night unfolded: 


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