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ROG treated badly by Kidney – wife

THE wife of Ireland rugby legend Ronan O'Gara has slammed former head coach Declan Kidney and the IRFU over their treatment of her husband in the months before he retired.

Jessica O'Gara (35) claims her husband was "mistreated" by Kidney and that he deserved more.

The number 10 has officially hung up his Ireland and Munster jersey after a disappointing season, despite remaining at the top of his game.

Ronan (36) will now join Racing Metro in Paris as their kicking coach – providing training and guidance for, among others, his Ireland teammate Jonny Sexton.

Last season, Ronan was sidelined for his younger rival, and his wife Jessica said that she was so disappointed at the way his final days at Ireland were handled.

"The way the last season ended for him was dreadful. I don't mind saying that," she said.

"It was awful. I felt it would have been great for him to have one last day at the Aviva, he could have been clapped off the field after all he'd done."

School teacher Jessica said that if Munster had made the Heineken Cup final they would have "had the day out in Dublin", but it wasn't to be.

REGRETS

"He played so well against Clermont that he'd have no regrets, but the way the Ireland thing finished was sad," she said in an interview.

"And the way he played against Clermont almost made the Ireland thing worse, because it was clear he was playing well.

"He was really mistreated. For what he gave to Ireland for so many years, he could have been treated a lot better. It would have been nice.

"But life is a cycle and he couldn't be there forever.

"What's done is done. I don't think people would remember him for last season when the dust settles," she added.

Last night Ronan O'Gara wrote a special tribute to his fans online who had showered him with congratulations on his new move.

"Thanks for all the incredible messages," he said.

"I greatly appreciate all your thoughts and best wishes."

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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