Ireland’s veteran out-half Ronan O'Gara gave the loudest hint yet that he will continue playing for Ireland when he said last night that he won't “turn my back on a great country”.
In the wake of Ireland's victory over Australia, O'Gara indicated he was set to bring the curtain down on his international career.
Since then, however, he has suggested that his comments were misinterpreted and when he arrived home in Cork following the Irish team's exit from the World Cup, O'Gara suggested that he's ready to continue in green.
“Irish rugby's been so good to me, you don't walk away from that,” he explained.
“The other side of it is that I'm 34 and new talent is coming through, so we'll see what happens but you don't ever turn your back on a great country.”
The Munster stalwart also underlined the feeling of disappointment in the camp at Ireland's defeat to Wales in Wellington.
“It's disappointing but that's the way it goes at this level,” he said. “France have lost twice, Wales have lost once and Australia have lost once yet they're still in the competition. We've lost once and we're home.”