'New Zealand sets the bar in world rugby' - O'Gara relishing new role
Ronan O'Gara will leave French side Racing 92 and take up a coaching role with Crusaders in New Zealand on January 1.
Racing released a statement today confirming that the former Munster man and Ireland number 10 was approached by Crusaders and the club "did not want to deprive one of its faithful servants of a great opportunity".
Racing added that despite being under contract until 2019, O'Gara will be released at the end of December.
O'Gara has been involved with Racing since July 2013 and will hook up with Crusaders coach Scott Robertson on January 1.
The Super Rugby champions this evening welcomed O'Gara to the club, saying that the appointment 'hugely exciting for the Crusaders team and fans'.
O'Gara has been added to their management team as backs coach.
"New Zealand sets the bar in world rugby, and Super Rugby is recognized as one of the toughest international rugby tournaments," O'Gara said.
"So to coach in New Zealand – for the current Super Rugby champions – is an inticing prospect for any coach. I cannot wait to join Scott Robertson, Brad Mooar and Jason Ryan in the BNZ Crusaders coaching group and to work with the outstanding group of players we have."
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