Ronan O’Gara weighs up the sweet life in Paris

Former Ireland and Munster star Ronan O’Gara has admitted he’s battling to keep his weight down in retirement after falling for the “unbelievable” food in Paris.

The legendary out-half, who won 128 international caps for Ireland, called time on his career at the end of last season to take up a coaching role with Racing Metro in Paris.

However, without an incentive to train anymore he has put on a stone in weight and has blamed the quality of food in Paris for the gain.

“I stood on the scales yesterday and I was 86kg. I need to row it back in. I probably played at 80kg or 82kg, but I’ve put on a stone in eight months. If I keep going, by 40 I’ll be what... 18 stone?” he said at an Irish Examiner sports breakfast yesterday.

“I’ve had a great eight months since moving to Paris. It’s different obviously. The food is absolutely unbelievable and it’s an easy lifestyle.

“I don’t have a motivation at the moment to train. I’ve lost all the will to train because I just loved training in the group scenario with the competitive element and the challenge of that. Being a coach now though you’re isolated on your own. Going on the treadmill or for a run around the park doesn’t float my boat.”

Ironically, O’Gara was repeatedly told during his career to put on more bulk, but was unable to.

“I’d be a slow gainer in the gym. I could eat away, Big Macs or whatever, but if I wanted to carry a stone of that sure what good is that to you? it’d be dead weight,” he said.

“With the amount of kicking and training I did the system was always churning calories.”

O’Gara was quizzed by members of the audience & and warned parents not to push their children too hard in their sporting careers.

“I enjoyed every sport growing up. I played everything and really enjoyed it,” he said.

“It’s just important the young boys and girls enjoy it and get exercise. I wouldn’t be pushing it too hard, it will take its own course.”

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