â00It is a great honour to captain this side. Itâ00s what anyone would aspire to, having made it into the squad. Iâ00m looking forward to it obviously, but I will be quite happy to step to one side and let Paul resume when heâ00s over his injury. Hopefully that will be for the semi final if everything goes well for us on Friday.
â00Mind you thatâ00s a big â00ifâ00, given the opposition we face and the venue we play in. Scarlets are a quality side and we certainly won't be taking anything for granted. How could we ? Their record in the pool stages, six from six, that performance out in Toulouse, says it all about them. Theyâ00re like us in many ways, great tradition in this competition. Great, passionate, support. Theyâ00re full of ambition and in front of their own, at Stradey Park ? Itâ00s going to be awesome.
"It's a huge challenge, it really is when you think about it."
Oâ00Gara was cheered by the news that John Kelly and Mick Oâ00Driscoll were passed fit to play, â00Two class playersâ0, he says quietly, respectfully, â00 Thereâ00s been a lot of talk in the media about the injuries to Paul (Oâ00Connell) and Shaun (Payne). Any side would be delighted to have them in their side. I have the height of respect for that pair. But Fridayâ00s game is about the fellas who are playing not about those who are not. And to be perfectly honest, I have no fears going in with the lads who will be around me.
â00I believe that if we can show the same commitment and courage that the boys showed in the second half against Ulster last Friday night then we will be in there with a fighting chance. Itâ00ll be as tough as it gets. No doubt about that but hopefully weâ00ll give a good account of ourselves.â0