O'Gara quashes retirement talk
Ronan O'Gara insists he has no intention of retiring from Test rugby after the World Cup, declaring only "losers" walk away when confronted by a challenge.
The Ireland fly-half suggested in a television interview after Saturday's stunning 15-6 victory over Australia that his 11-year international career was almost over, telling RTE: "I'm done with Ireland in a few weeks. I've had a great time in this jersey but I want this to be the biggest time."
O'Gara has now clarified his comments by stating that he was referring to the end of the World Cup and not his own position, and he said: "Retirement has crossed my mind plenty of times over the last few years. There are plenty of thoughts in your head when you're disappointed but it's losers who quit when things aren't going so well for them."
He added: "Retirement hasn't entered my head seriously in that regard. I'm a fighter and I'll keep fighting until the end.
"I'm not sure when that is. Playing for Ireland means so much you don't walk away from the team until it's right.
"You take advice from people you respect on that front. I'm not at that stage yet."
O'Gara is adamant the meaning of his words during the interview were misinterpreted.
"On Saturday I was speaking in the context of being done with Ireland in six or seven weeks' time in terms of this World Cup," he said. "I said I'm done with Ireland in a few weeks and there are different interpretations of that.
"It was a great night, one of my best nights. I was so proud to be part of the team."