Ronan O'Gara spoke beautifully during a heartfelt interview with BT Sport last night

‘What I saw in the last week fills me with massive pride.’

RONAN O’GARA HAS admitted he is taking each day ‘minute by minute’ as he comes to terms with the incomprehensible events of the past week.

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The former Munster and Ireland out-half spoke beautifully about the sense of pride he feels at the outpouring of support from the rugby world following the passing of his friend Anthony Foley.

In a heartfelt interview with Nick Mullins on BT Sport last night, O’Gara said Munster’s victory over Glasgow at Thomond Park on Saturday was a great ‘comfort.’

“I’ve just come back from there and I think we ‘re all really shook by it because it’s just something very difficult for us to get our heads around,” he said ahead of Racing Metro’s game at Leicester Tigers.

“We all come from somewhere and I’m extremely proud I come from Munster and I come from Ireland because what I saw in the last week fills me with massive pride.

“It’s a special place over there, Thomond yesterday was incredible. The world of rugby and the world of sport has been very comforting.

“It’s a wonderful sport we play and some of us, when we are in the bubble where we’re overcome by results, but to see the rugby family and what they have done in the last week has been really, really special.

“It was so sad the last week but with the team mates we had, we never laughed so much on Friday night, my ribs are sore from laughing and that helps.

“The people of Killaloe were so warm and Anthony’s family have been incredible led by Olive obviously.

Anthony Foley Funeral - St Flannan's Church O'Gara at Foley's funeral alongside CJ Stander and Mick Galwey. Source: PA Wire/PA Images

“I think it’s at times like this that you realise what great people come from there.”

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When he was asked what would be going through his head during a minute’s silence at Welford Road on Sunday evening, O’Gara said:

“It’s literally minute-by-minute at the minute, it’s probably a week exactly to the point that Anthony was taken from us and the week has been a blur.

“It’s a case of trying to do your best. I think that’s why you get into sport to savour the memories we’ve all had with Anthony and we’ve all had in the red jersey.

“I’ll be thinking of his kids, I’ll be thinking of his wife, I’ll be thinking of Munster, I’ll be thinking of how lucky I was to play in such a great team for such a long time with a special man.”

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