Sunday 18 February 2018

'They haven't been in touch': Ronan O'Gara explains why he isn't ready to return to Ireland and take over at Connacht

Ronan O'Gara has ruled himself out of contention for the Connacht job
Ronan O'Gara has ruled himself out of contention for the Connacht job newsdesk

Ronan O'Gara has ruled himself out of the running for the Connacht head coach role when Pat Lam departs for Bristol at the end of the season.

Lam shocked the PRO12 winners earlier this week when he announced that he will leave Ireland for Aviva Premiership strugglers Bristol once the current season finishes.

Bookies' favourite Bernard Jackman tonight confirmed his interest in the job when speaking on Game On on 2FM but O'Gara is happy to stay put at Racing 92 for now.

Speaking on the Left Wing,'s new rugby show, earlier this week, Luke Fitzgerald named O'Gara as an outside contender to take over from Lam.

"A bit of a left field one, seeing as though we are on the Left Wing, I think Ronan O’Gara. He is doing a superb in the most successful club in Europe at the moment but I am sure he would love a head coach role," said Fitzgerald.

But according to the Irish Examiner, O'Gara will rule himself out in Friday's column for the paper.

In extracts from that column on their website tonight, O'Gara says: "It’s just too early for me to consider something like that at home. At this point, I don’t want to give up what we have at Racing 92, I am too interested in it, too much invested in it just to up sticks."

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