Sunday 18 March 2018

Ronan O'Gara: I couldn't have announced retirement early like Brian

Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll
Ronan O'Gara and Brian O'Driscoll

Former Ireland out-half Ronan O'Gara has admitted that he couldn't let people know he was retiring last year as he wouldn't be able to handle the pressure.

The Munster legend said he could not have dealt with the pressure of announcing his retirement months before he hanged up his boots as Brian O'Driscoll has done.

"I would have a completely different mindset. For me I was fully aware of when I wanted to go but I didn't say anything about it because I don't think I would have enjoyed my last season or six months with that hanging over me because you just have too many questons to field," he told the Irish Mirror.

On the eve of the Scotland match, O'Gara is reminded of last year's Six Nations game when Paddy Jackson was chosen ahead of him at Murrayfield and he failed to make an impact when he came on for a late cameo.

"Obviously I would have liked to finish in  a different way," he added.

"The one thing I am happy about is it was a quick death, there is nothing worse than a long, slow finish where people are questioning whether or not you hung on a year too long or stuff like that."

The 37-year-old is currently working alongside Jonathan Sexton at Racing Metro and admits that his lifestyle, and his dress sense has had to change since his move to Paris.

"In Racing Metro when you arrive everyone has a swipe key like a five star hotel and right beside you there is a cubby hole for your indoor shoes.You have to take off your outdoor shoes and place them in there and put your indoor shoes on.

"I brought Crocs and a few week in I was told: Ces't pas possible.

"They were laughing at me saying:'Get your s**t together, you're over here now."

O'Gara will join RTE this weekend for their Six Nations coverage.

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