An Irishman Abroad

Eddie O’Sullivan: Episode 182

March 11, 2017

This week, former Irish rugby manager Eddie O’Sullivan joins Jarlath for an in-depth conversation about the trials and tribulations of the life and career of a man who helped create the bedrock of Ireland’s rugby greatness. Eddie explains how Irish roads very nearly ended his career in rugby (6:00), why he never broke through as an international player (11:00) and why he puts Brian O’Driscoll down as the greatest defender that he has ever seen (1:05:00).

Eddie also explains his fascinating implementation of basketball strategy to rugby (17:00), what went wrong in the 2007 World Cup and the part that the Celtic Tiger had to play in it (31:00). We hear how the bullying of his children was a factor in the reasons for his resignation (45:00) and what it felt like to be compared to Hitler and Stalin on live television (47:00). Eddie holds his hands up and admits that he was too hard on his players at times (49:00) and the origin of his ‘never die wondering’ attitude (14:00). This episode is a truly interesting insight into the mind of the former Irish manager who, even today, is "addicted" to the game. 

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