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End of an era? Here's Ronan O'Gara's Ireland career in 30 pictures

The country’s most capped player may have donned the green jersey for the last time after being dropped for the Six Nations meeting with France.

NEWS BROKE LAST night that Ronan O’Gara has been left out of the Ireland squad to take on France in Dublin this weekend.

As of yet, there has been no word from Declan Kidney but, at 35, it appears that we may have seen the country’s most capped player and one of its greatest servants wear the green jersey for the last time.

End of an era? Here's Ronan O'Gara's Ireland career in 30 pictures
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  • Fresh-faced before his Ireland A debut in April 1999

  • Kicking for goal in his first senior game against Scotland

  • Who remembers when wearing black bags was trendy? No, us neither...

  • Kicking machine

  • Converting... a seagull

  • 'Put up your dukes' - challenging Denis Hickie at the 2002 World Cup training camp

  • During the 2003 World Cup

  • The old 'clicking heels' celebration after a matching-winning drop goal in 2004

  • Practicing in the Millennium Stadium ahead of a 2005 Six Nations meeting with Wales

  • Tackling Ma'a Nonu at Croke Park

  • 'So what's this internet all about then?'

  • That's not what the Triple Crown is for, ROG

  • Touching down for the first ever try scored at Croke Park

  • When in Bordeaux...

  • Great memories... O'Gara kicks a late drop goal to clinch the Grand Slam for Ireland in 2009

  • 'Is it there?'

  • 'Yahoo!'

  • He's the one wearing red

  • With his wife Jess

  • Who says 'the Flying V' can't work in other sports?

  • 'Of course I'll sign your baby'

  • Rob Kearney had no interest in joining in on their 'YMCA' routine

  • Cap number 100

  • ...and coming on to earn it against South Africa in 2010

  • Being substituted for his successor Jonathan Sexton

  • Becoming Ireland's all-time highest scorer against Russia in the 2011 World Cup

  • Against Italy last year, he became Ireland's most capped player

  • Getting some tips from Shane Lowry at Carton House

  • In the defeat to England last month

  • After the Scotland game, which may turn out to be his last in an Ireland shirt

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