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O’Gara: I’m not finished yet

Guinness PRO12 Editor

27 Mar 2012

Munster stalwart Ronan O’Gara has quashed any notion of retirement and claimed he has at least two years left in the tank for the RaboDirect PRO12 club.

The two-time Heineken Cup winner is hoping to guide the Thomond Park outfit to their third European triumph this season and in doing so extend his record as the competition’s all-time leading point scorer.

The Ireland fly-half currently has 1,287 points ahead of the quarter-final clash with RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Ulster on April 8 and insists he isn’t finished yet.

O’Gara will also be hoping to play a major role as Munster look to retain their RaboDirect PRO12 crown – the reigning champions currently lie second in the table after a hard-fought 20-16 win over Connacht on Saturday.

And having failed to force his way past Jonathan Sexton during the Six Nations, the 35-year-old claims he has never felt so determined to prove his worth.

O'Gara told the Irish Examiner: "I'm not retiring – I'm not even close to retiring.

“Calls for my retirement are a joke given my record over the last few years. Being frank, I'm fitter now than I was five years ago.

"I love playing for Munster and I love playing for Ireland. Anyone who knows me knows I'll be the first to call retirement when my time is up, but I can assure you my time isn't up.

"In fact, I have never felt better about my rugby. I've never worked harder and I am as committed as ever and I plan to play for my country until I'm 38.

"Playing is what it is all about. To walk away would be to do myself a disservice. I'd be cheating myself because I know that I'm still good enough to start and win these games. Age is just a number and I will continue to prove that.”