Ronan O’Gara Linked With Surprise National Coaching Position For Rugby World Cup
France are reportedly interested in adding Ronan O’Gara to their coaching ticket ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.
French publication L’Equipe are reporting that the FFR are keen to appoint O’Gara as a consultant ahead of the tournament as they look to to strengthen the backroom staff of current head coach Jacques Brunel.
Brunel is said to still have the full backing of FFR President Bernard Laporte for the World Cup, despite a largely disappointing showing in the Six Nations. But the FFR do want to add a new voice to the coaching ticket.
Former Stade Francais, Montpellier and Toulon head coach Fabien Galthie is another name that has been mentioned as a potential addition.
O’Gara knows the French game well having spent four-and-a-half seasons with Racing 92 in the Top 14, helping them to a league title and Champions Cup semi-final during his time there.
L’Equipe are also reporting that France will however be moving in a different direction post-World Cup, with Warren Gatland top of their shortlist to replace Brunel as head coach.