The Irish Rugby Football Union announced the signing of Munster number 10 Ronan O'Gara has committed to a new Ireland international contract that will see him playing in Ireland until 2013.
O'Gara's career has seen him become the most capped player for Ireland and only the third player in Irish Rugby history to reach 100 caps. He has won five triple crowns, one RBS Six Nations Championship and a Grand Slam in 2009 as well as two Heineken Cups with Munster in 2006 and 2008. With 1,165 points scored so far, O'Gara is also the Heineken Cup top points scorer in the tournament history and has been selected for three British & Irish Lions tours. O'Gara will play at Thomond Park for the next two years.
Commenting on the announcement Ronan O'Gara said, "I am extremely happy with my new contract and to be continuing my career in Ireland. I believe there is much more that I want and can achieve with both Ireland and Munster and am looking forward to concentrating on doing that over this season and the next two years."
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