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Ireland axes O’Gara for France clash

AFP-JIJI

Ronan O’Gara, Ireland’s most-capped rugby player, was on Sunday left off the Six Nations squad to face France in Dublin next weekend, raising more doubts over the 36-year-old’s international future.

The veteran fly-half was ignored by coach Declan Kidney when the 32-man squad was revealed for Saturday’s clash, a blow which looks certain to end his 128-test career.

O’Gara has struggled for form this season, looking well below-par in the games against England and then Scotland, where he shouldered a large share of the blame for the 12-8 defeat after coming on as a second-half replacement.

Kidney has selected injury-hit Jonathan Sexton, Paddy Jackson and Ian Madigan as his three fly-half options.