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Dublin: 7°C Thursday 26 November 2020

10 reasons why Ronan O’Gara and Robbie Keane are practically the same person

Have you ever seen them in the same room?

1. They both have had long and distinguished careers in their sport

(ROG playing for Ireland in 2000 – INPHO/Billy Stickland)

(Robbie Keane as a youngster for Ireland in 1998 – INPHO/Billy Stickland)

2. They both have been at the centre of some iconic moments

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3. Their lives outside of sport attract interest

(That infamous shot of Ronan O’Gara meeting the Queen – INPHO/Dan Sheridan)

(Claudine Keane: wife of Robbie - INPHO/Donall Farmer)

(Robbie Keane meeting Morrissey – via True to You)

4. Both have had flirtations with moves to unfamiliar surroundings in the early part of their careers

(Robbie Keane very briefly played for Inter – Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport)

(O’Gara was once linked with a move to the Miami Dolphins – Elise Amendola/AP/Press Association Images)

5. Both aren’t exactly the toast of the Twitterati these days

6. Both have made some woeful errors over the course of their careers

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7. Both are the subject of humorous photos

(Robbie Keane gives birth to Mido - Via Feedio.Net)

(Ronan O’Gara and his pals enjoy their lollipops – h/t @DonnOSullivan)

8. Both are fond of a bit of karaoke

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9. RTE’s chief pundits are big fans of them both

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10. Both are currently being somewhat overshadowed by younger colleagues

(Shane Long has impressed in the Premier League this year with West Brom – INPHO/Donall Farmer)

(Jonny Sexton has become Ireland’s first-choice outhalf in recent years – Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport)

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Paul Fennessy

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