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Last Night, The Inextricable Link Between Peter Stringer And Ronan O'Gara Got Even Tighter

Last Night, The Inextricable Link Between Peter Stringer And Ronan O'Gara Got Even Tighter

They were together for 16 years at Munster, winning two Heineken Cups as the province's half-back pair. They made their Ireland debut together and went on to play at international level for more than a decade, winning the Grand Slam in 2009.

As a combo, Peter Stringer and Ronan O'Gara are inextricably linked.

It's nearly three years since ROG kicked a ball in anger but the career of his former teammate marches on.

At 38, Stringer is still playing. Currently, he's with Sale Sharks - and will be next season too. In February, the Premiership side announced the evergreen scrum-half had signed a new contract.

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The link between Stringer and O'Gara got even closer on Friday night.

Stringer lined out for Sale as they fell to Top 14 high-flyers Montpellier in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup. This appearance for the Corkman was one of remarkable note. It was his 112th game of European rugby, equalling the number set by his long-time friend and teammate O'Gara. The two now jointly hold the record for most appearances in European rugby.

Given Stringer's incredible longevity and his signing of a new contract with Sale, 112 is surely a number we will see him pass next season.

Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

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