Ronan O’GARA insists he has no intention of retiring from Test rugby after the World Cup, declaring only “losers” walk away when confronted by a challenge.
The Ireland fly-half suggested in a television interview after Saturday’s stunning 15-6 victory over Australia that his 11-year international career was almost over. “I’m done with Ireland in a few weeks. I’ve had a great time in this jersey but I want this to be the biggest time,” he told RTE.
O’Gara today clarified his comments by stating that he was referring to the end of the World Cup and not his own position.
The 34-year-old, the oldest member of the squad, has lost his place as first choice fly-half to Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton.
“Retirement has crossed my mind plenty of times over the last few years,” he said.
“There are plenty of thoughts in your head when you’re disappointed but it’s losers who quit when things aren’t going so well for them. Retirement hasn’t entered my head seriously in that regard. I’m a fighter and I’ll keep fighting until the end.
“I’m not sure when that is. Playing for Ireland means so much you don’t walk away from the team until it’s right.
“You take advice from people you respect on that front. I’m not at that stage yet.”