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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ronan O’Gara set for one last hurrah on English soil

Ronan O’Gara will get one last tilt on English soil with his testimonial dinner to be held in London two days before Ireland clash with their Six Nation rivals next month.

The Racing Metro coach who had many memorable moments across the pond in both the red of Munster and green of Ireland will be honoured at a gala event hosted by Dermot O’Leary with more than 800 guests expected.

Those in attendance will range from his former playing colleagues, opponents including Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, the Irish diaspora and corporate interests and will take place on February 20th, two days before the Six Nations clash. A percentage of the ticket sales from the game itself will go towards the chosen charity – the Ireland Fund Of Great Britain.

Already Keith Wood, Brian O’Driscoll, John Magnier, AP McCoy, Kevin Moran and Donal Lenihan are just some of the well-known names confirmed to acknowledge the glittering career the Cork man has had in the game.

O’Gara’s highly anticipated one hour documentary will air tomorrow night which is a frank and forthright assessment of the final four years of his playing career, where he speaks of his relationship with Declan Kidney and Jonny Sexton, with his relationship with his rival now coming the full circle in Paris.

“It's amazing I'm saying at this stage how much I like the guy, I see a lot of him in me and me in him and that's competitive and cranky and wanting to be the best and that's how we get on so well. Laura, his wife, feels she gets pushed to the side when I'm around and it's funny the whole thing has gone full circle.”

"It takes two to tango and by God did I tango with him and he tangoed with me and that's what you want. I have done many a thing to him on the pitch that he reminds me of over a cup of Barry's tea in Paris," he says.

ROG will be shown on RTE One on Thursday, January 2, at 9.30pm.

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