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Sporting legends turn out to salute rugby hero ROG

IRELAND rugby legend Ronan O'Gara has answered London's call.

The former Irish and Munster star was the guest of honour last night as a host of famous faces turned out for his testimonial dinner in the UK.

'Lord of the Dance' star Michael Flatley, ex-Ireland soccer manager Mick McCarthy, rugby stars Donncha O'Callaghan and Peter Stringer, and Environment Minister Phil Hogan, were among the attendees at the swanky banquet.

New Munster head coach Anthony Foley, champion jockey Ruby Walsh and Kerry GAA star Paul Galvin also turned out to support the former fly-half, who was capped 128 times for Ireland over 13 years.

The glitzy affair took place in the upmarket Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London with some guests forking out more than €6,000 for a table of ten.

Ronan (36) went all out with a black suit and white shirt look, which he spiced up, opting for a large black tie in the place of a traditional dickie bow.

Meanwhile his wife Jessica, who is pregnant with the couple's fifth child, oozed laid black glamour in a curve enhancing and ankle length black gown.

O'Mara described the experience as "very flattering" and "very humbling".

Last night's affair took place less than 48 hours before Ireland's crunch rugby clash against England at Twickenham on Saturday meaning that O'Gara's former colleagues Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell could not make the night.

The evening featured a grand auction with a holiday for four in a luxury villa in Thailand and a guitar signed by the four members of U2, among the prizes.

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