In five Tests against Italy, O'Gara has scored 73 points including a then 6 Nations record 30 points (6 conversions and 6 penalties) against the Azzurri in 2000 in Ireland's 60-13 6 Nations win at Lansdowne Road.
Tomorrow will mark the 37th time that O'Gara and his school mate Peter Stringer have started a Test match together as Ireland's half-back pairing.
O'Gara became the first player to break through the 700-point barrier in the Heineken Cup last month when kicking three conversions and a penalty for Munster in their 46-9 romp in Castres. His record currently stands at 717 points.
O'Gara will be hoping to continue his fine goalkicking record from last season's 6 Nations into the impending Championship. In 2005, the Corkman finished as the 6 Nations top points scorer with 60 points - Wales fly half Stephen Jones was second on 57.
In the 2005 tournament, O'Gara missed just seven goal attempts, kicking 6 conversions, 14 penalties and 2 drop goals.
**All photos by Billy Stickland of Inpho Photography**