O’Gara gets the boot

Irish rugby legend Ronan O’Gara is likely to call time on his international career after being axed last night from the squad to face France on Saturday.

The country’s record points-scorer was told yesterday by coach Declan Kidney that he is not in the 32-man Six Nations squad for next weekend’s game. The decision may trigger a retirement announcement from the Munster out-half in the coming days.

O’Gara, who will be 36 this week, is out of contract with the IRFU at the end of the season, and though Munster may consider retaining his services, it is more likely he will retire from the game at the end of this campaign.

It will bring to an end a remarkable 13-season international career in which he amassed 128 caps and more than 1,000 points for his country.

O’Gara was upset at the decision to drop him for the Scotland defeat last month and will be perplexed by the latest exclusion, with Kidney naming three out-halves in his squad.

However, he has already begun the process of looking beyond his playing career, and may examine the option of coaching in the future.


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