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Will Skelton Loved Receiving Some Harsh Words From Ronan O'Gara

Will Skelton Loved Receiving Some Harsh Words From Ronan O'Gara
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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Ronan O'Gara has the chance to complete a major milestone in his coaching career this weekend, with La Rochelle looking to win a first Champions Cup in their history on Saturday.

They will enter the game against Toulouse as underdogs, but you certainly wouldn't back against them coming out on top.


If they are to emerge victorious, Will Skelton is sure to play a major part. He was immense in the win over Leinster in the semi-final and will be looking to replicate that performance.

Speaking ahead of the final, Skelton said he is thrilled to be working under a legend such as O'Gara. He also revealed that the Irishman hasn't been afraid to share some harsh word on occasion.

He is a legend of the game.

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.

Many people in this part of the world will certainly be cheering on La Rochelle this weekend.

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