On a high from his Andy Moran scoop, Richie wanted to keep the good vibes going and a first ever live Player’s Chair chat with one of the all time greats of Irish sport, Paul O’Connell, at the Ah, Hear! podcast stage in Electric Picnic, was the perfect way to do it.

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Paul explains why he only embraced sports psychology in the second half of his career, how it all started with Padraig Harrington, finding peace of mind, defining success, the Warren Gatland 2009 Lions approach compared to the Eddie O’Sullivan 2007 RWC approach and why Joe Schmidt is the best sports psychologist he’s ever had.

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Plus there’s Ireland’s stumbles this year, Argentina’s RWC peaks V’s Ireland’s RWC dips, pre game vomit prep, second row war mentality and how detail has overtaken emotion, but emotion still has its place.

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