Friday 20 September 2019

O'Gara speaks of Paris terror

Ronan O'Gara
Ronan O'Gara

Cormac Byrne

Paris-based rugby legend Ronan O'Gara has described the fear in the city in the wake of last week's terror attacks, saying: "Locals feel like it's only the start".

The Racing Metro assistant coach was in the French capital on Friday night when the atrocities were being carried out.

The former Ireland player took to social media the following day to assure fans that his wife Jessica and their young family were safe, while his team's clash with Glasgow Warriors was postponed.

Last night, he spoke of the impact the attacks have had on the players and staff at Racing.

""It's very real, it's very surreal at the same time," he told 2FM's 'Game On' radio show. "It's extremely bizarre. I've never experienced anything like it. I think they (the terrorists) are going after sporting venues, nice theatres, cafes and when it gets to that stage it's not good," he continued.

O'Gara said many locals feel this is just the beginning of the trauma. "The annoying thing is that the locals feel like it's only the start of things. It's kind of head down time.

"Getting on the pitch is good but everything else is just consumed with watching the TV and watching what's going on in the clubhouse.

"It's occupying everyone's mind... There is no reasoning so people are lost for words."

O'Gara added that France is a "great country". "There are some great people here and the locals are confident of winning but you'll just have to wait and see what it's like in a month's time."

Irish Independent

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