Tommy Bowe and Ian Keatley join Ronan O'Gara on The Hard Yards 6 years ago

Tommy Bowe and Ian Keatley join Ronan O'Gara on The Hard Yards

202 Ireland caps, 7 Lions Test appearances, 1,264 points for Ireland, 5 league titles, 2 Heineken Cups, 4 Six Nations winners' medals and 2 Grand Slam winners.

Not a bad line-up on The Hard Yards rugby podcast.


Tommy Bowe and Ian Keatley joined regulars Ronan O'Gara and James Downey with host Andy McGeady for the latest episode and a lot of great topics were covered.

Ulster and Ireland star Bowe spoke with SportsJOE's Pat McCarry about his switch to centre and his ambitions of breaking back into the Ireland team. Keatley revealed the reasons behind his two-year deal with Munster and Downey recalled the fiasco over Felipe Contepomi signing for Leinster without being properly registered.

O'Gara also led a fascinating chat about impact subs and what rugby sides could learn from Jim Gavin and the Dublin footballers.


Here's the full run-down of The Hard Yards this week:

1:00 - Ian talks about Munster's start to the season
2:00 - ROG and Ian on becoming parents
8:00 - The reasons why Ian chose to sign a two-year deal with Munster
12:00 - The boys chat about changing roles in the team from first choice to substitute
17:30 - ROG talks about how impact subs are hugely important in the modern game
26:30 - Tommy Bowe talks about his Ireland ambitions, becoming a father
36:00 - Bowe on his GAA career
41:00 - A move to 13 for Bowe and breaking records in training
45:00 - Andy McGeady vs Pat McCarry's head-to-head with Ladbrokes' Hayley O'Connor
54:00 - Fan questions from Twitter with James Downey and the provincial bubble