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Well past your bedtime, ROG?

HE MAY have been mugged by the Welsh, and now it looks like Ronan O'Gara has lost his shirt in Wellington.

Looking more Tom Jones than Stephen Jones, ROG looked exhausted after the World Cup drama as he and the Irish team had a bon voyage night before flying home today.

ROG -- bravely posing for the shot with some fans after Ireland's defeat -- couldn't even keep his eyes open.

The Munster fly-half (34) was flanked by team mate Tommy Bowe for photos with adoring supporters.

The Ireland rugby team touched down at 3pm today following a marathon 26-hour long-haul flight after their World Cup dreams were dashed.

Most of the international squad are to arrive into Dublin via Wellington, Auckland, Dubai and London, but some of the players are expected to jet into Shannon, Cork and Belfast, closer to their homes.

Dad-of-two O'Gara is rumoured to be among the red-shirted men to fly to Shannon this afternoon.

For Clontarf prop Cian Healy, there were five plane journeys to endure before the DJ could enjoy a simple taste of home.

"I want to be home having a cuppa," the 25-year-old said on his social networking page.

The professional sporting stars were devastated when the final whistle blew in the quarter-final last weekend, leaving them trailing Wales by 12 points.

Captain Brian O'Driscoll was one of the first to post a message on Twitter after the result.

"Congrats Wales and good luck in the semis."

Winger Tommy Bowe wrote on his social networking page that he was devastated to be leaving New Zealand.

"Gutted to be on our way home. Many thanks for all your support and messages, has meant a huge amount -- best of luck to Wales going forward," tweeted the Monaghan-man, who splits his time between Ireland and Wales, while he plays for Cardiff-based club Ospreys.

Leinster star and Tullamore-native Sean O'Brien said on Sunday: "Thanks a million for all the support over the past month, a tough one to take at the weekend," before adding that he will now spend a few days break in Dubai with Stephen Ferris, Sean Cronin and Ulster's Rory Best.

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