First Head Coach Role Confirmed For Ronan O’Gara

Closer to home.

Former Ireland and Munster outhalf Ronan O’Gara will leave the Crusaders at the end of the current Super Rugby season after two years with the New Zealand franchise.

O’Gara has been linked with a number of roles, including a position with the French national team. But while he is returning to France it’s not with Les Blues – instead O’Gara will take the reigns at La Rochelle, after being named their new head coach.

Forme Ulster boss Jono Gibbes is Director of Rugby at the French side and will work alongside the Corkman in an exciting move for O’Gara who began his coaching career in France with Racing 92.

“Ronan O’Gara joins the staff as head coach. He knows the Top 14 well, he has experience. He will bring a high level of skill,” La Rochelle Director of Rugby Jono Gibbes said.