Ronan O’Gara Clarifies His Comments About Not Returning To Munster

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Ronan O’Gara is currently settling into his new role with the Crusaders in New Zealand, having linked up with the Super Rugby side three weeks ago as their new backs coach.

The former Ireland and Munster playmaker had been working with Racing 92 in France since retiring in 2013, eventually ending up as their defence coach, having started off in a kicking role.

O’Gara has been linked with a return to Munster on a number of occasions, with many feeling he’s on a coaching path around the world that will eventually lead back to the southern province. An interview recently with the NZ Herald however, seemed to rule that out.

“I enjoyed playing in Munster but I don’t think coaching the players you played with is a good idea. I didn’t want that so there’s not a big draw to ever go back there.

“If the opportunity with Ireland presents itself it’s a different decision. At the minute I’m at a massive club with a big responsibility and something that really interests me. I enjoy the day-to-day coaching and interaction with the players and international rugby is very different. You need to be hugely experienced to do that and I’m not that.”

But O’Gara has now come out and clarified those remarks, stating he would love to coach Munster down the line once the players he has played with have moved on.

“Coaching the players I played with, for me, is not a good idea but coaching Munster when those players are gone is something that hugely interests me,” he told The42.

“If that opportunity didn’t arrive, it wouldn’t bother me but I would love to coach Munster.”

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