2011 September 22
O'Gara sets the record straight on retirement rumoursO'Gara sets the record straight on retirement rumours
Irish rugby star Ronan O'Gara has dismissed claims that he is about to retire, despite appearing to make the announcement after Ireland's win over Australia.
With emotions running high after Ireland chalked up a historic victory over the in-form Australians, O'Gara appeared to claim that after this World Cup he would hang up his rugby jumpers and concentrate instead on club duties.
In a press conference after the match, O'Gara told amassed journalists that he'd be "done with Ireland in a few weeks", BBC News reports.
However, following much speculation, O'Gara has sought to clarify his comment, insisting that instead, he would be done with Ireland as far as the current World Cup goes.
"It's important for me to put an end to this because it's a distraction the team don't need," he told The Telegraph. "I was speaking in the context of being done with Ireland in six or seven weeks' time in terms of this World Cup.
"From my point of view, when you set your goals as a professional player, everything ends with the World Cup Final. In my own head, I'll reassess at the end of the World Cup, but I want to be part of this team because its a great team at the moment."
Ireland's win has put a new dynamic on this year's World Cup draw, potentially setting up a northern/southern hemisphere divide; with Ireland looking set to play Wales in the quarter finals and Australia ready to square up to reigning champions, South Africa.