Rugby | 6 days ago
Ronan O'Gara and Donncha O'Callaghan nearly fell out...over a wash bag
"There's the team environment and then there's the bedroom environment..."

This is hilarious.

Ask any current or former international and they will tell you that Ireland camps, at times, can be dreadfully boring ordeals.

Not only are you more or less staying in the same place for six or seven weeks but you are also living out of each other's pockets.

You are doing the same things every day, speaking to the same people...it's no wonder that players and management try to break it up as much as possible with various activities or outings.

So it makes it all that more important that the person you are sharing a room with for the duration of the tournament or camp is someone that you can get along with.

You may need to be with someone who can tolerate your snoring, or someone who likes to go sleep at the same time as you do...there are a number of different variables involved which are so important to get right.

Both Ronan O'Gara and Donncha O'Callaghan roomed together for over 10 years.

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The fact that the Cork men are really good friends off the pitch is a massive help but O'Gara does reveal to The Hard Yards one annoying trait which plagued the duo's time together.

O'Callaghan's use of O'Gara's toiletries...

“This is an unbelievably sore subject," said O'Gara.

"Basically, for 10 years we used one toilet bag, my toilet bag. I had good cosmetics…Basically, for Christmas or a birthday, there would be new aftershave added but it got to the stage where everything was a free for all bar the toothbrush!"

"Even having a shave you could be coming back to see a new blade being used and you’d be like ‘Ah Donners come on!’ He helped himself like no other man that’s for certain anyway."

To be fair, O'Callaghan did get a chance to defend himself and dispute the claims made by his good friend, however, the Worcester lock couldn't hide his delight when he admitted to all of the above.

“All true! It was the best time of the year, you’d pack the bag, so you’d have your boots, your number ones.

"You would have a look at the wash bag and think ‘maximum, the toothbrush is all I need.’ Because I’m in with Rog, I’ll have the best of Vera Wang….the fella, he had the best of gear so I used to just make hay during that time!"

We promise you that it is impossible not to have a smile on your face when you listen to the lads reminisce about this.

You can listen to this from the five-minute mark below.

Click play [below] to check out an excellent episode of The Hard Yards rugby podcast, featuring Ronan O'Gara, Paddy Wallace, Kevin McLaughlin and SportsJOE's Pat McCarry chatting with host Andy McGeady.

https://soundcloud.com/thehardyardssportsjoe/episode-8-six-nations-winners-and-losers-irish-lions-and-dirtiest-opponents

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