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Ireland Rugby Legends Brian O’Driscoll And Ronan O’Gara Rip Each Other New Ones On Live Radio

Ireland rugby royalty Brian O’Driscoll and Ronan O’Gara went to war on live radio on Thursday, with each firing scorching insults at the other over their past accomplishments for Munster and Leinster respectively.

Both were appearing on NewsTalk’s Off the Ball show, which was broadcast in front of a live audience at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

With O’Gara running late due to traffic, O’Driscoll and fellow Ireland legend Keith Wood took the opportunity to give the Munster great a proper roasting in his absence.

On his arrival, however, it was clear the Racing 92 coach had been keeping up to speed on the taxi ride in and quickly got to work, trumping the Leinster man with a number of scathing remarks.

Brian O'Driscoll Ronan O' Gara 2009

Tweeted live by the Off the Ball team, the results were absolute comedy gold.

O’Gara’s first retort looked to single out O’Driscoll’s slowing legs during his final seasons before retirement.

“Brian felt he was defending at 12 an awful lot. Drico the wheels were gone at that stage, that’s why you were in at 12.”

Not content with insulting just one Ireland legend in one statement, O’Gara then went in hard on former Munster man Wood.

“The only thing about Woody, there’s no one here over 60, no one remembers when you played so shut the f**k up.”

The back and forth continued with O’Driscoll going low with a reference to Leinster’s Heineken Cup victory over Munster in 2009.

“The wheels might have been gone early but I still had enough in the tank in ’09 when you threw that intercept and I was able to slap it into third gear and coast in.”

O’Gara, not one to sit on the fence, snapped back,

“Listen, it’s the same as the first man to go to Everest, no one ever remembers who followed. Just remember who got there first. It’s easy when the path is well worn.

“There was railing on both sides to help you get up. I know what your comeback is… you’ve three of them.”

The pair were then asked what they thought of each other when they first met. Of O’Driscoll, O’Gara absolutely roasted his former Ireland team-mate,

“He was really humble back then. A really nice guy… no dyed hair.”

As for O’Driscoll, he was equally unkind.

“He had these shoulder pads on that you would see in the 80s.”

Luckily, the whole exchange was done in good spirits with all in attendance, including the panel of rugby legends, in stitches between each remark.

For fans it was a brilliant stroll down memory lane, led by two of Ireland’s finest ever rugby players, undertaken in the manner that only good friends can.


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