Ronan O’Gara makes 100th Heineken Cup rugby appearance.
Munster stalwart Ronan O’Gara made his 100th Heineken Cup appearance when he played against the Scarlets on Saturday, becoming only the second player ever to do so. It’s not the first time he made the headlines during this Heineken Cup rugby season; O’Gara got his season off to a fantastic start when he secured Munster victories in the Heineken Cup fixtures against Northampton Saints and Castres Olympique with last gasp drop goals. The first victory, against the Northampton Saints came in the 84th minute after 41 phases by Munster.
Ronan O’Gara has had a remarkable career for Munster and Ireland. O’Gara was awarded the ERC European Player Award in 2005 as the player who had contributed the most to European rugby in the first fifteen years of Heineken Cup rugby, a period which spanned from 1995 to 2010. In the Heineken Cup he was the first player to pass 1,000 tournament points. He is well ahead as the player with the most Heineken Cup points, having scored 1200. His closest rival is Stephen Jones at less than 900.
For Ireland, O’Gara has the records for most test points and the most points by an individual player in the Six Nations. He is fourth on the all time list of international rugby point scorers, behind Dan Carter, Jonny Wilkinson and Neil Jenkins. However, he is only 15 points behind Jenkins so will take his position if he continues playing international rugby. There was talk during the 2011 Rugby World Cup that he may retire and had been overtaken for his spot from Jonathan Sexton.
Ronan O’Gara has played 116 times for Ireland scoring 1075 points, and a further two tests for the British and Irish Lions. He has been on three Lions tours, in 2001, 2005 and 2009. In his Ireland career he has won 2009 Six Nations Championship as well as the Grand Slam that year. They also won the Triple Crown in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
O’Gara has signed on to continue playing for Munster until the 2013 season.