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O’Gara looking to join ’50 Cap’ club

Guinness PRO12 Editor

12 Mar 2010

Ronan O’Gara will be hoping to come off the replacements bench against Wales at Croke Park this weekend to join the exclusive Championship ’50 Cap’ club.

The Munster pivot aims to follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman John Hayes, Scotland’s Chris Paterson and Wales’ Martyn Williams in reaching 50 Championship matches.

As with Hayes and Paterson, all 49 of O’Gara’s appearances to date have been in the 6 Nations. He has started in 39 of those games and been a replacement 10 times.

His 35 victories have given him a 71 per cent success rate and his 522 points have made him the greatest scorer in Championship history.

Hayes will move to 53 6 Nations appearances against Wales, moving him into joint third placed on the all-time list with fellow Irishman Willie-John McBride. Acting Wales skipper, Williams, will leap into fifth place in Dublin when he makes his 51st Championship appearance.

Brian O’Driscoll will join the club on the final weekend if he plays against Scotland.

FIVE/SIX NATIONS 50 CAP CLUB

                                        Country       Caps (W-D-L)
1 Mike Gibson              Ireland            56 (22-6-28)

2 Jason Leonard         England         54 (44-0-10)

3 Willie John McBride Ireland            53 (23-7-23)

4 John Hayes               Ireland            52 (38-0-14)

5 Philippe Sella           France            50 (33-2-15)

6 Rory Underwood      England         50 (32-2-16)

7 Chris Paterson         Scotland        50 (15-1-34)

8 Martyn Williams        Wales            50 (20-2-28)