Saturday 24 February 2018

Ronan O'Gara: I wouldn't be nervous getting up on Jessica but I would be nervous kicking a ball

Former Ireland star could be in the dog house today!

Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Ronan O'Gara came out with an all-time classic one-liner on last night's somewhat boisterous Late Late Show when the former Ireland man made the audience guffaw with a tongue-in-cheek remark about his wife Jessica.

Ryan Turbidy asked Ronan about his family life and whether he considered his massive 2,625 point career haul a greater achievement than raising five children under the age of 6 with his wife Jessica.

“I wouldn’t be nervous getting up on Jessica but I would be nervous kicking a ball,” he said to howls of laughter from the audience.

He added he had “a champion of a wife” and thanked her for leaving her home and friends in Ireland to move to France where O’Gara works as a coach with Racing Metro and current Irish out-half Johnny Sexton.

Watch O'Gara on the Late Late Show here:

Meanwhile, asked about his relationship with Sexton, O'Gara said the pair had moved from “hating” each other to being good friends.

“At the start…there was hatred. That’s a strong word but I’m not going to be dishonest with people. He wanted to play out-half for Ireland. I wanted to play out-half for Ireland.  It’s a massive title, opportunity.

“Two into one doesn’t go,” he explained.

He added he felt Sexton had been introduced too early into the Irish set up but said he soon realised “he was in the way of a great player”.

He also spoke about the disappointment when he got a call from the then Ireland coach Declan Kidney to inform him he was being left out of the squad.

Pressed on his future, he said he “loved be a TV pundit" but indicated he would continue his coaching work and would like to manage the Irish international side one day.

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