An Irishman Abroad

Bernard Jackman: Episode 149

July 23, 2016

Former Leinster, Connacht, Sale Sharks and Ireland hooker Bernard Jackman joined Jarlath this week from his home in France where he is currently the head coach at Top 14 club Grenoble. Bernard discusses how selling cattle with his father in Carlow gave him valuable life lessons (8:00) and how playing opposite Warren Gatland in Clontarf saw him escape a move to Japan and remain in Ireland to become one of its first professional rugby players (13:00).


In this insightful interview Bernard discusses the email he sent to Michael Cheika after the release of his brutally honest book (43:00) and why he would always choose attitude over talent (1:00:00). While offering a glimpse into the realities of sporting injuries Bernard also reveals the motives behind his ‘idiotic’ decisions to fool the team doctors and the importance of promoting concussion awareness in sport (26:00).


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