Ronan O’Gara took a stress relieving walk with his boxer dog Tia through the streets of Douglas on the outskirts of Cork city on Monday night.
These relieving walks have become all the more regular for O’Gara of late. It’s been another year of disappointment for O’Gara and at 35, time is running out for him:
“That’s it in a nutshell,” he says despondently. “It was a big opportunity and on Saturday evening we’d have fancied getting to Twickenham. I’m not saying we’d have won there, but you fancied getting there.
“We didn’t perform for the 80 minutes that we were given (against Ulster on Sunday). In that regard, the better team won. You can talk and analyze as much as you like, but you have 80 minutes to do your talking and we didn’t do it.
O’Gara described the mood in the Munster camp as being ‘low’ despite a clear the air meeting after the defeat to the northern province.
O’Gara confessed to the Irish Independent that he doesn’t have much hope in Munster getting back on track in the knock out stages of European competition next season. At the moment it seems quite simply as if a great team has grown old together.