Saturday 22 October 2016

Ronan O'Gara attempts to back-track from comments on coaching with Paul O'Connell

Published 14/04/2016 | 21:14

It was a story that all Irish rugby fans - and particularly those of a Munster persuasion - were excited by.

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Paul O'Connell teaming up with Ronan O'Gara on a coaching ticket - all that is missing is Brian O'Driscoll and you would have the holy trinity.

After Racing Metro dumped three-time European champions Toulon out of the Champions Cup last weekend, Racing assistant coach O'Gara was asked about the possibility of one day working alongside his former Ireland and Munster team-mate.

His answer got many people excited.

"I talk to Paulie, Paulie will be an exceptionally good coach and it's no secret of the two of ours that we want to team up. It's about getting the right opportunity," he said.

O'Gara later tweeted out an apology to O'Connell saying 'Apologies to Paul O'Connell as my comments are almost being interpreted as if I was speaking on both of our behalves which I certainly was not'.

The legendary out-half was a guest on 2FM's Game On tonight and attempted to back-track further from the remarks he made to the Irish Independent earlier in the week.

"It is a nothing story," O'Gara protested.

"I'm contracted up to 2019 with Racing so it wouldn't be right to go anywhere else."

O'Gara was pushed to confirm whether or not he would one day return to Ireland to coach with either the national team or his home province, and the Racing defence coach reluctantly threw a few meagre crumbs to the interested listeners.

"There is a long term plan that involves coming home to Ireland to do something at some stage," he admitted.

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