Ronan O’Gara Admits He’s Interested In International Role
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Former Munster and Ireland international Ronan O’Gara has admitted he would be interested in joining New Zealand’s coaching ticket should the opportunity present itself.
The Corkman is in his second season with Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders, but could have some big decisions to make at the end of the year with his current boss Scott Robertson one of the hot favourites to take over the All Blacks.
Should Robertson end up being the man to replace Steve Hansen – he may want to bring O’Gara with him having flown across the world and handpicked him personally when the Munster man was at Racing 92. And O’Gara has admitted he would be interested.
“I’m very at ease. You look at all the best coaches around the world, you look at who’s coaching Ireland. I don’t think he has a conscience of it does he? He’s doing a good job.” O’Gara told Stuff
“It’d be a fantastic opportunity. The game is changing and a lot of ideas are being intermingled between the northern and southern hemisphere.”
Another potential option for O’Gara is the head coach role at the Crusaders. If Robertson leaves, O’Gara would be an ideal candidate to replace him with fellow Crusaders assistant Brad Mooar off to the Scarlets next season. And O’Gara says he would back himself.
“Everything is possible. I’m ambitious and competitive, but I think the most important thing is if I do my job then these things look after themselves.” O’Gara added
“It would be something you’d aspire to do, but maybe the timing at this stage might be a bit soon. Some people might think differently. ”
“I’d back myself, like Razor [Robertson] would back himself. That’s what you get being in this environment, you become very positive.”