Possible end to test career of O’Gara.
Ireland’s most-capped player Ronan O’Gara has been left out the Six Nations squad to face France in Dublin next weekend, raising more doubts over the 36-year-old’s international future.
The veteran fly-half was ignored by coach Declan Kidney when the 32-man squad was revealed for Saturday’s clash, a blow which looks certain to end his Test career.
With 128 Test appearances O’Gara is the country’s all time highest points scorer with 1,083 test points. His test career may well start and end against Scotland after debuting in 2000 against the very same team.
O’Gara has struggled for form this season, looking well below-par in the games against England and Scotland where he shouldered a large share of the blame for the 12-8 defeat after coming on as a second-half replacement.
Ireland will be desperate for a victory against France if they are to turn around a Six Nations performance which has seen them lose two from three matches.
Declan Kidney is under increasing pressure as his Irish coach contract comes under speculation following the poor performance of Ireland in the Six Nations.
Kidney has selected injury-hit Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan as his three fly-half options.
Jackson made his debut against Scotland but struggled with his goal-kicking before making way for O’Gara.