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Ronan O'Gara linked to France coaching post in shake-up

Published 25/04/2015 | 02:30

O’Gara is currently an assistant at Racing, where he looks after defence and kicking, and the former Munster star could be invited to move up with his superiors should they make the step up
O’Gara is currently an assistant at Racing, where he looks after defence and kicking, and the former Munster star could be invited to move up with his superiors should they make the step up

Ronan O'Gara's upwardly mobile bosses could spark a return to the international arena for the Ireland legend.

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Racing Metro coaches Laurent Labit and Laurent Travers have been heavily linked with a move into the France set-up after this year's World Cup.

Philippe Saint-Andre is set to stand aside as France coach after the tournament which pits his team against Ireland in the pool stages, and the pair who guided Castres to the Top 14 title three seasons ago are front-runners for the role, according to reports in France.

O'Gara is currently an assistant at Racing, where he looks after defence and kicking, and the former Munster star could be invited to move up with his superiors should they make the step up.

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The reports in France say Labit and Travers would have full autonomy over their backroom teams and O'Gara has been a popular member of staff at the Parisian club where Johnny Sexton plies his trade.

Their potential departure could also afford O'Gara a shot at the top job at Racing should the opportunity arise.

It all may come to nothing, however, with Labit denying any link and committing his future for the duration of their four-year stint.

"We are committed to (Racing) president Jacky Lorenzetti and his long-term project," he said.

"That means training the professional team and the arrival of our new stadium, Arena 92. It would not be right to jump ship before the completion of these projects, especially at the beginning of our adventure. We are men of our words. There is a commitment (here) for four years.

"The French team is something every coach dreams of but there are ethics we need to respect."

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