Ireland hope to sway O'Gara

Fly-half indicates that he will retire from international rugby

Last Updated: 18/09/11 11:17am

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O'Gara: Has hinted that he will be retiring from international rugby

O'Gara: Has hinted that he will be retiring from international rugby

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Ireland will try to persuade Ronan O'Gara to continue his international career beyond the World Cup after the fly-half indicated that he would be retiring.

O'Gara stated that he was planning to stop playing for his country in the aftermath of Ireland's shock 15-6 victory over Australia on Saturday.

The 34-year-old, who kicked two crucial penalties against the Wallabies at Eden Park, said he was determined to go out on a high.

"It's massive, this is it for us. I'm done with Ireland in a few weeks," he told RTE.

"I've had a great time in this jersey but I want this to be the biggest time. It's a great team, a great bunch of lads and it means a lot to us."

But team manager Paul McNaughton insists that O'Gara remains a key part of the Ireland squad and hopes that he can be convinced to carry on.

No formal talks

"Ronan hasn't talked formally to us about it. There's no doubt he still has something to offer the team after the World Cup," McNaughton said.

"He's contracted for the next couple of years. Undoubtedly (coach) Declan Kidney and the management will be encouraging him to stay on. He's a very, very important part of the set-up here."

O'Gara has racked up 1,039 points in 113 caps for Ireland but has lost his status as first choice fly-half to Jonathan Sexton.

But the Munster player could yet be in contention reclaim the No.10 jersey given Sexton's below-par performances against the USA and Australia.

Meanwhile, Ireland lock Paul O'Connell and centre Gordon D'Arcy will undergo scans on Monday after picking up hamstring injuries at Eden Park.

O'Connell's hamstring tightened up during the match, while D'Arcy incurred a low-grade tear but there is no major concern over either player yet.

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