In what would be a first for world sport, The East Terrace has learnt that O’Gara has asked lawyers to look into copyrighting his ‘unique and original sporting technique’. If the patent was approved O’Gara would be entitled to royalties from any other player who used the move during a competitive match.
O’Gara’s style is almost unheard of in professional rugby as it involves the fly-half standing fully upright as an attacker approaches, turning his head away, closing his eyes and gingerly sticking his arm out before travelling backwards at speeds of up to 50mph.
O’Gara has used the technique for many years, most notably producing the breathtaking move in his recent appearance at Croke Park in the European Cup.
Experts believe that his method would earn almost nothing from the professional side of the game, rather the income would flow in from junior and mini rugby as nine year olds are the most likely market to employ the O’Gara method.
One top level coach praised O'Gara's style: "You can't really coach Ronan's style. It's instinctive. You can either do it or you can't."