Thursday 26 April 2018

Ronan O'Gara - I am not ready to be Munster head coach yet

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Ronan O’Gara has also revealed that he still struggles to deal with the fact that his former friend and colleague Anthony Foley will not be present this evening as the Racing 92 defence coach brings his side to tackle Munster in the Champions Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Ronan O’Gara has also revealed that he still struggles to deal with the fact that his former friend and colleague Anthony Foley will not be present this evening as the Racing 92 defence coach brings his side to tackle Munster in the Champions Cup. Photo: Getty Images
David Kelly

David Kelly

Former Munster and Ireland out-half Ronan O'Gara returns to Limerick today admitting that he does want to coach his former club - but only to win trophies and not merely for the sake of prestige.

He has also revealed that he still struggles to deal with the fact that his former friend and colleague Anthony Foley will not be present this evening as the Racing 92 defence coach brings his side to tackle Munster in the Champions Cup.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off as the Thomond Park crowd commemorate a year since Foley's death.

"Because I'm living outside of Ireland, I presume I'm seeing him again," said O'Gara. "It's not like I'm just getting on with life like people at home, I'm in a bubble here.

"It hasn't hit me the fact that Anthony is in the past sense. My wife has tried to explain to me but I don't... I haven't processed that fact, do you know what I mean?"

Munster have recently appointed South African Johan van Graan, who has no head coach experience and is three years younger than O'Gara, but the Corkman feels he is still not ready to assume a role that many supporters feel is destined to be his sooner rather than later.

"At the minute, I have an enormous challenge with this group which I enjoy and genuinely, I am not looking at what is happening in Munster. I'm not really into that, you know what I mean?" he said.

"If I want to be the Munster coach, I would need to give myself and the team the best chance of winning titles.

"I wouldn't be doing that if I accepted the job now. Because I'm under-cooked."

Irish Independent

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