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Thursday 17 April 2014

Mick Kearney: No sign Ronan O'Gara has retired and he could return for the trip to Rome

Ronan O’Gara looks to be facing the end of his Ireland career after being left out of the 32-man squad to face France on Saturday

IRELAND team manager Mick Kearney has said that there is no indication that Ronan O'Gara has retired from international rugby and he could be involved against the Italians.

O'Gara was omitted from Declan Kidney's 32-man training squad yesterday as the head coach preferred to use the returning Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan as his three options at out-half for the visit of France next Saturday.

Mick Kearney told a press conference today that O'Gara could by involved in Ireland's final RBS Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome on March 16.

"I think there's every possibility Ronan may be involved again," Kearney said

Irish defensive coach Les Kiss said that he was confident that O'Gara would make himself available for selection should he be needed.

"I have every faith that he (O'Gara) is going to put his hand up and be part of the picture," he said.

O’Gara’s omission prompted many to believe that O’Gara’s international career was over but that may not now be the case.

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