O’Gara regrets investments but says game is unaffected

MUNSTER rugby ace Ronan O’Gara has admitted he regrets investments he has made in recent years, but insists his off-field financial issues do not affect his game.

The 33 year old, who has 99 caps for Ireland, has also confirmed he is considering retirement from the international and club game in two years. In an interview with Today FM host and Irish Examiner columnist Matt Cooper, the out-half was asked what he intended to do when he hangs up his boots.

“A lot of us have invested heavily in property and we have seen what has happened so you have to be very careful and shrewd, and I suppose a few of us have made a few poor investments, so that is something we have to try and rectify and get over as the years go on,” he said.

“I should have done a John Hayes on it and put all my money under the mattress and I would be happy now.”

But he said: “Once you get to the field it’s amazing, you just come into this really small bubble and your mind is concentrated and focused.”

Teammate Paul O’Connell agreed: “I think everyone has different issues to deal with but I don’t think it affects your rugby unless you are in serious trouble.

“Rugby is probably the time when you are least affected by any of your problems, it’s probably the time when you are most at ease, while in training.”

On Matt Cooper’s Last Word programme, O’Connell said his fitness “isn’t great” but his injury isn’t too bad. He is back swimming but is still not able to run. He said he does not know how long it will be before he is back in action.


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