It Looks Like Ronan O’Gara Is Already Making A Serious Impression In New Zealand

Staying put.

Ronan O’Gara is clearly making a good impression in New Zealand with Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders, with the former Munster man signing on for a least another season today.

O’Gara finished up with Racing 92 back in December before joining the high-flying franchise in January, just in time for pre-season. The current Super Rugby holders have won 12 of their first 14 games, and sit top of the standings.

The Corkman says he’s delighted with the new deal.

“I’m delighted to be extending my contract for another season,” O’Gara said.

“I have always been an admirer of rugby in New Zealand and to get the opportunity to work with a club like the Crusaders is a fantastic experience.

“Besides being a great bunch of guys to work with, the professionalism of everyone associated with the club is incredible. It’s no wonder this part of the world has the success they do. I’m delighted my wife and family have come on this journey with me and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone again next season.”

Head coach Scott Robertson, who brought O’Gara over to New Zealand after a brief chat over coffee, has hailed his contribution so far.

“Ronan’s coaching style has been hugely valuable to us in just his first season with the club. He has quickly formed great relationships with our playing group, and has effective means of passing on his knowledge which really resonates with the team.

“We hoped at the start of the season that Ronan would provide us with a new perspective in 2018, and he has done exactly that. He brings fresh eyes and knowledge to the coaching group and we are certainly seeing the benefits of his extensive skillset and experience.

“We’re pleased that Ronan and his family are settled in Christchurch and he’ll continue his important contribution in 2019.”