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O'Gara "Misquoted" Over Retirement
Munster fly half denies the speculation over his future
Posted Sep 22, 2011 by Chris White
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After stories broke that Irish fly half Ronan O’Gara was to retire from international rugby after the World Cup, the player himself has come out to deny those reports, claiming that the media misinterpreted his comments.
O’Gara told the press that he would be “done with Ireland in a few weeks” following their outstanding display against Australia in which they beat the Wallabies 15-6. The 34-year old wanted to clarify his future claiming it is becoming “a distraction.”
He told the BBC that “I said, I’m done with Ireland in a few weeks, and there are different interpretations of that. I was speaking in the context of being done with Ireland in six or seven weeks’ time in terms of this World Cup and getting back home.
“In my own head, I’ll reassess at the end of the World Cup but I want to be part of this team because it’s a great one at present.”
The Munster fly half has lost his starting place in recent times to Jonathan Sexton, who struggled in Ireland’s opening game against the United States, but was back on form in the win against Australia.
Team manager Paul McNaughton said that O’Gara would be “encouraged to stay on” by the Irish coaching staff, as he still has plenty to offer, both on and off the rugby field.