Ronan O’Gara – “It’s A Very Strange One To Me. I Would Never Have Seen It Happen.”

Strange one.

Ronan O’Gara says Jack McGrath’s rumoured switch from Leinster to Ulster is a strange one as far as he’s concerned.

While inter-provincial transfers have become more and more commonplace in recent seasons, O’Gara reckons McGrath’s proposed move is the first of its kind given his international pedigree.

Not too long ago McGrath was Ireland’s first choice and toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand. But he has seen his game time reduced massively over the last 12 months, for both club and country – and is said to have instigated the move himself.

While it remains a  “strange one” for O’Gara – he does however admit he can “understand it from both sides.”

“I don’t think we’ve seen this situation before where an established international is changing provinces,” O’Gara told Off The Ball

“So in that regard the story becomes very interesting. But you can understand it from both sides. It’s a very strange one to me. I would never have seen it happen. But guys if they’re not playing rugby, that’s what happens when they get to a certain age.

“They need to play and they want to play. He’s obviously desperate to get on the pitch more frequently. So to get to this stage, it’s obviously a real live story, even though we don’t know if he has signed.”

[Off The Ball]