It would be unlike me to ignore Ronan O’Gara this week. He was set up by the media after all. First it was Kevin Myers having a go at him and every Irish person it seems. Ronan was then credited with this well written letter.
I HAVE to reply to the scurrilous article by Kevin Myers (Irish Independent, February 16), although it takes a lot for me, as a professional sportsman, to react to a newspaper article.
However, rugby is my place of work and whether it’s with Munster, Ireland or the Lions, I take my work very seriously.
I do not accept being castigated by a journalist who I suspect knows nothing about rugby but somehow appoints himself as an ‘expert’. This falls well short of the journalistic standards I would expect from one of our main national newspapers.
Ireland was well beaten last Saturday by a French team that was better on the day. I am but one of that Irish team and I’m well known for taking my share of responsibility, regardless of the outcome of any game.
I know only too well the build-up to Saturday’s game — and indeed to other recent internationals — in relation to my position.
I am well able to analyse any game of rugby and would often be accused by those whom I most trust of being my own harshest critic. However, in relation to last Saturday, I will not be scapegoated by Mr Myers or any journalist who wants to write in that fashion.
Any article needs to be balanced and I would suggest to you, Mr Editor, that that is the least you should demand from your journalists, whether freelance or otherwise.
According to some O’Gara does not live in Rochestown so it has to be fake.
Others dislike Sexton for gloating after a Leinster try vs Munster.
Sexton is a tramp of the highest accord, the way he stuck his face in ROG after the first try was scandalous, pure soccer mob mentality. He has achieved nothing of note in his career.
That reaction will be remembered for a long time, some day he’ll get his comepuance from Munster.
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