After 128 caps in a green jersey, it is not looking good for Ronan O’Gara’s international future. If it is to be the end, there have been few better servants.http://joe.ie/cmsadmin/cmsmenufrontendblogadd.php?storyid=34950
Is this the end? 10 of Ronan O'Gara's best moments in a green jersey
After 128 caps in a green jersey, it is not looking good for Ronan O’Gara’s international future. If it is to be the end, there have been few better servants.
By Declan Whooley
Declan Kidney’s decision to leave him out of the squad for the French game has led to speculation that after 13 distinguished years, his time in a green jersey may be about to come to an end. Given the Munster man’s steely determination, you could not rule out a return, but for now the odds look remote.
The 36 year-old has been part of some of the most memorable days in Irish rugby and we have decided to pick 10 of the most memorable moments for the Irish out-half. It wasn’t an easy task.
Drop goal v Wales, 2009
“He’s got it,” was the cry from Ryle Nugent after arguably the most important kick in Irish rugby. Where else could you possibly start but that glorious day in Cardiff when the Grand Slam was claimed in the most dramatic of circumstances.
Luck was definitely on our side with Stephen Jones falling short with his last-gasp penalty effort, but when it mattered most, the Irish out-half delivered. Paul O’Connell described it afterwards as a 'manky kick', but that mattered little as Ireland celebrated its first clean sweep since 1948.
Star performance v England, 2007
Who can ever forget that historic victory over England at Croke Park? In what was an emotional night, O’Gara put in a kicking masterclass. He converted all three tries – he was off by the time Isaac Boss grabbed Ireland’s fourth of the night – slotted five penalties and hit the perfect cross-kick for Shane Horgan to score his try that night. This was O’Gara at the very top of his game.