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Ronan O'Gara Is Having None Of This Sexy Rugby For Ireland Talk

Ronan O'Gara Is Having None Of This Sexy Rugby For Ireland Talk

Since Ireland's disastrous World Cup exit at the hands of Argentina last weekend, plenty of pundits have called for a comprehensive overhaul of Ireland's game. According to some, the kicking, mauling, inch-by-inch style of game that we thought we had perfected has to go and it needs to be replaced with a more expansive gameplan.

But it seems Ronan O'Gara does not subscribe to such beliefs. O'Gara, who was speaking to Game On on 2FM, is firmly of the belief that sport is about winning and that victories will always out-weigh the desire for beautiful rugby in test matches.

For me rugby is about winning, I sleep well at night when I win. I don't care how.

The current Racing Metro coach was also quick to point out how nobody was complaining about the style of rugby Ireland were playing when they were winning Six Nations, beating Australia and South Africa at home and coming within a hairs breadth of beating the mighty All Blacks.

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Since Joe Schmidt took over, there wasn't anyone complaining about how we were playing. With that game we were a kick away from beating New Zealand in the Aviva.

I wouldn't be of the opinion that Ireland play a stagnant game. I think people are misreading it a bit in terms of style of play.

You have to keep trying and trying and if you knock your head at the door enough you'll break through.

O'Gara also refuted some pundit's claims that the gap between the northern and southern hemisphere is widening. He also believes that the reason why Ireland lost last Sunday boils down to the Pumas being a better team on the day.

I don't think our gameplan is that wrong and I don't think the divide between the northern and the southern hemisphere is that big an issue.

It comes down to 80 minutes and they were better than us.

The former Munster fly-half also believes that if Jerome Garces had given the Argentinian tighthead Ramiro Herrera a second yellow card then Ireland would have won the game and we would be discussing Ireland's chances against Australia in a World Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Sam Moore
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