Ireland fly-half Ronan O’Gara announces his retirement

Ireland's most-capped player Ronan O'Gara announces his retirement and will coach at French side Racing Metro

Ireland’s most-capped player Ronan O’Gara has hung up his playing boots and will coach at French side Racing Metro next season.

The 36-year-old fly-half has won 128 caps for his country and sits atop the all-time points scorers chart with 1,083 – the highlight being a drop-goal that handed Ireland an Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009.

O’Gara’s glittering career has also seen him selected for three British and Irish Lions Tours as well as making 240 appearances for Munster, wining two Heineken Cups and amassing 2,625 points in the process.

But O’Gara will not be able to add to these impressive tallies as he takes up a coaching role at Racing Metro, where he will team up with fellow Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton who is set to move there after playing for Leinster against Ulster in the PRO12 final on Saturday.

“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 told the Irish Examiner.

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