The Irish Independent reports that Ronan O’Gara will retire at the end of the season,

The 36-year-old, who has been offered a new one year deal, is believed to have already decided to call time on his rugby career.

If the reports are true, Munster’s defeat to Clermont Auvergne in the Heineken Cup semi-final will have been O’Gara’s last competitive appearance for the province and he won't feature in Friday's Pro12 clash with Zebre.

There is now speculation that the Corkman make take up a coaching role away from Munster, as he seeks to gain much experience ahead of what he hopes will be a return there in the future as head coach.

For Munster, O’Gara won two Heineken Cups, two Celtic leagues and is the record points scorer in the former competition.

On the international scene, he is Ireland’s most capped player, winning 128 caps, and was a member of the side that won the 2009 Grand Slam.

He was named on the touring Lions team three times. 

Munster coach Rob Penney has not given up hope, however, that O'Gara may stay on for another season.

He told the Irish Independent: "Rog will be a part of Munster for as long as he wants to be.

"He loves the big moments obviously and he's been great for us. Since he's come back from Ireland he's had a clear image of what he's trying to achieve, and what he wants to do.

"He's such a passionate Munster man."