Irish outhalf Ronan O’Gara has hinted that his international career may not yet be over, saying that he won’t “turn his back on a great country”.
After Ireland’d victory over Australia at the Rugby World Cup, O’Gara appeared to suggest that he was in his final days as an Irish player, but he later claimed that he had been misunderstood. Speaking to RTE Sport in Cork on Tuesday night, the number ten said:
“Irish rugby’s been so good to me, you don’t walk away from that. The other side of it is that I’m 34 and new talent is coming through, so we’ll see what happens but you don’t ever turn your back on a great country”.
Regarding the disappointment of Ireland’s quarter-final defeat to Wales, O’Gara added:
“It’s disappointing but that’s the way it goes at this level. France have lost twice, Wales have lost once and Australia have lost once yet they’re still in the competition. We’ve lost once and we’re home. (We had) a great bunch of lads, great camaraderie and a lot of highlights to take away from the competition.”
Team-mate Donncha O’Callaghan said that the team were thrilled with the support they had received both at home and in New Zealand:
We were fully aware of the support back home. Our team room was covered in faxes, the amount of text messages, cards and everything coming from home. Then the amount of Irish people that travelled and even the amount of people back-packing around the place was great. It meant an awful lot to us and we’re very thankful”.