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Brian O’Driscoll unsurprised by another Ronan O’Gara touchline argument

Brian O'Driscoll

Brian O’Driscoll clearly isn’t surprised by Ronan O’Gara’s touchline behaviour, after the La Rochelle boss got into another argument with a fellow coach.

O’Gara recently attended a Ligue Nationale de Rugby disciplinary hearing over a touchline altercation with Bordeaux Begles coach Christophe Urios.

Urios took offence to O’Gara loudly celebrating a La Rochelle turnover and squared up to the Irishman before flicking him in the face, which prompted an LNR official to intervene before things went any further.

Both O’Gara and Urios were let off with a warning after that incident, although attending the disciplinary hearing doesn’t seem to have made the Munster legend any less passionate on the touchline.

Brian O’Driscoll on Ronan O’Gara’s touchline spats.

O’Gara was again involved in an argument on the touchline with Toulouse head coach Ugo Mola during a Top 14 match at the weekend.

It didn’t appear to be as heated an argument as the one with the Bordeaux Begles coach, although it caught the eye of the TV broadcasters at the game nonetheless.

The La Rochelle boss’ former Ireland teammate Brian O’Driscoll has clearly been enjoying O’Gara’s antics in France and suggested that the behaviour is nothing new.

“If I had a cent for every time I heard this type of ‘conversation’ on the pitch, both playing with and against him!” O’Driscoll tweeted.

La Rochelle’s season is heating up.

There is still all to play for in regards to La Rochelle’s season, as the club play Montpellier in the Heineken Champions Cup quarter-finals this Saturday, while they are one spot below the play offs in the Top 14.

The loss to Toulouse at the weekend could prove to be a crucial one, as the reigning European and French champions leap frogged La Rochelle into sixth place thanks to their win.

Although La Rochelle will not qualify for the play offs as things stand, just five points separate second and seventh place in the Top 14 table with two rounds left the play, with plenty more movement in the standings likely to happen.

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