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Last Updated:  Monday, 17 March, 2003, 10:28 GMT
O'Gara rejects Miami move
Irish fly-half Ronan O'Gara has been approached by NFL's Miami Dolphins
Ronan O'Gara says his future lies with Munster and Ireland

Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara has played down the prospect of quitting rugby for American Football.

The 25-year-old Munster goalkicker was approached by NFL side the Miami Dolphins a few weeks ago.

But he has made it clear his immediate future remains in rugby union and said through an official IRFU stattement that the matter is now closed.

''While acknowledging an informal conversation with an agent representing the Miami Dolphins, I would like to categorically state my commitment to Irish rugby,'' the statement said.

''I will be honouring the remainder of my contract to the end of the Six Nations championship in 2004.

'' In the meantime, I am calling a formal closure on the issue and ask for understanding in that regard.''

O'Gara also told the Irish Examiner newspaper that he wanted just to concentrate on rugby.

''My only interest at the moment is to play rugby at the highest level," said O'Gara.

"The timing of this news wasn't the best but the issue is closed as far as I'm concerned."

This thing appears to have snowballed beyond belief
Ronan O'Gara

O'Gara, who was born in San Diego, was reportedly offered a four-year deal by Miami worth $12m.

But he insists the stories were exaggerated.

"After an initial approach, I have not been in contact with anyone in America," he said.

"I won't be thinking about it because my only concern now is to help Ireland through the remaining games of the Six Nations.

"I want to play for Ireland and I want to play for them in the World Cup.

"I haven't given the slightest thought to what might happen later in my life.

"This thing appears to have snowballed beyond belief."

O'Gara is expected to be named on the bench for Ireland's next Six Nations match, against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.




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