Ronan O’Gara Looks Set To Land His First Head Coach Role

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

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Former Munster and Ireland outhalf Ronan O’Gara looks set to land his first head coach role next season with French side La Rochelle.

O’Gara is in his second season with Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders as an assistant, and has a number of options on the table with his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.

It was reported this week that O’Gara had signed a deal with La Rochelle as backs coach, but the man himself says no deal is signed just yet. Speaking on Off The Ball yesterday O’Gara says he has several options, including staying with the Crusaders, and will make a decision in the next 10-14 days.

“I’ve got to weigh up a few options,” he said.

“There’s some really tough decisions to make. So hopefully in the next 10 or 14 days there will be a decision. But nothing is done yet.”

“There are other options. There are two or three other options. It’s a great position to be in.”

“There is a sporting decision to make and a family decision to make. And, I could stay with the Crusaders for another season.”

“Crusaders have been very good and they have been very patient and I genuinely can’t make up my mind and I think they understand that.”

But according to The Irish Times, La Rochelle are in pole position to name him as their new head coach, a move that would see him work with former Ulster boss Jono Gibbes, who is Director of Rugby at the French side.

“Jono Gibbes wants someone to run the rugby programme, and that’s what I’m speaking to him about.” O’Gara added

“These are good decisions. The family aspect is important, too. If it was purely a rugby decision my decision would be quite easy. But it’s not a pure rugby decision because thankfully I’ve got a good family.”