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Saturday 16 December 2017

'I only had coffee' before Late Late, says O'Gara

Ronan O'Gara, at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.
Ronan O'Gara, at Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

RUGBY star Ronan O'Gara said he'd only been drinking coffee when he made the infamous comments about his wife Jessica on the Late Late Show earlier this month.

O'Gara (37) told Ryan Tubridy - and the Lata Late's hundreds of thousands of viewers - that he "wouldn't be nervous getting up on Jessica but I'd be nervous kicking a ball."

Despite the controversy over the comments, Ronan yesterday said Jessica was fine and that after being together for almost 20 years she has "heard worse" from him.

"I rang Jess. Thankfully she was asleep hadn't heard it," he said. "I'd had two coffees. People thought I was on the sauce."

"I've been with Jess 19 years," he said. "She's heard worse from me. There was no problem. Saturday was a normal day for me.

"I've said worse things and if people want to complain then that's their problem."

Speaking at an event yesterday Ronan also slated pundits who "sensationalise" the sport, and said that they need to think more carefully before passing judgment on a player's performance.

"People getting paid to cause controversy, players don't respect that," he said.

"A player knows he hasn't played well, no need to ram it down his throat. I think you can offer a solution and say what he could've done better perhaps and then players wouldn't have a problem with it.

"It's the general sweeping, perceptive comments that are offering nothing."

The father of five also revealed that while he found it difficult to settle in to the role of coach in France, he now enjoys it.

"I get a buzz from coaching but it's a different mindset.

" I go up to the stand now rather than technical area," he said.

However, the former Munster star admitted he misses playing in the "fortress" of Thomond Park.

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