Will Skelton, “O’Gara Ripped into me”

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Former Australian second row Will Skelton was talking to the media ahead of the Champions Cup final this weekend La Rochelle vs Toulouse and has hailed former Munster and Irish out-half Ronan O’Gara as the head coach and remembers the time the Cork man ‘Ripped into him’

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Me and the boys get the old Rugby ’08 up on PlayStation 2 in the team room, and we often play with Ireland, and we put him on the pitch! He’s got a 95 rating or 99 rating, or something.

I didn’t know how he would go as a coach, though, because it doesn’t always transfer – being a great player into a great coach – but for me, he has been awesome.

He has been someone who has helped on the side of, I guess, playing to your strengths. For me, having a coach like that, it’s the little stuff.

I remember, in one of my first games against Toulouse, he ripped into me, Lopeti (Timani) and Uini (Atonio), and he just said in front of the whole team, ‘You’re not fit enough’.

It was a wake-up call that I had probably been saying in my head, but then to hear it from one of the coaches was an eye-opener.

I guess he is that type of coach. He is pretty direct, he is straight, and I enjoy it

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