O'Gara confirms retirement

Updated: Saturday, 18 May 2013 14:02

Ireland and Munster fly-half Ronan O'Gara has announced his playing retirement in order to take up a coaching role with Racing Metro.

O'Gara won 128 caps for Ireland, toured with the British and Irish Lions on three occasions and won two Heineken Cup titles with Munster in a glittering 16-year career.

The 36-year-old turned down the offer of a contract extension with Munster to join Racing where he will work as a specialist kicking coach to, among others, Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton.

"I have ambitions in the years ahead to coach at a high level and, with this in mind, I can confirm now that I will be joining Racing Metro's coaching staff in July," O'Gara wrote in a column for the Irish Examiner.

The French club today confirmed a galaxy of new playing recruits with Sexton, who replaced O'Gara in the Ireland team, Jamie Roberts, Dan Lydiate, Brian Mujati and Soane Tonga'uiha among 14 new signings.

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O'Gara won the RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009 and he is Munster's most decorated player.

A statement released by the Irish province confirming the move said O'Gara's contribution for Munster would never be bettered.

The statement said: "Munster's most decorated player, O'Gara's been capped 240 times in a career that began in August 1997 and saw him steer Munster to Irish Interprovincial, Celtic League, Celtic Cup, Magners League and two Heineken cup titles in which time he scored a record 2,625 points, including 1,365 Heineken Cup points to become the all-time leading points scorer in that competition, a feat unlikely to be surpassed."

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