Thursday 18 January 2018

'It would be pretty cool' - Crusaders star excited by prospect of working with Ronan O'Gara

Racing 92 coach Ronan O'Gara
Racing 92 coach Ronan O'Gara
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Crusaders out-half Richie Mo'unga says he would relish the prospect of working with Ronan O'Gara next season after the Munster legend was linked with a move to the Canterbury side.

The Irish Examiner - who O'Gara writes a column for - reported yesterday that the former number ten is close to agreeing a move from Racing 92 to the Super Rugby champions ahead of the 2018 southern hemisphere season.

Pre-season for Super Rugby starts in January so it would require O'Gara to leave Racing mid-season, with the Crusaders currently seeking a replacement for the highly rated assistant backs coach Leon MacDonald, who departed after the successful 2017 campaign.

One man who would be excited to work with O'Gara is Mo'unga, who enjoyed a breakout year as the Crusaders won their first Super Rugby title since 2008 under head coach Scott Robertson.

Speaking to the New Zealand Herald in Paris ahead of the All Blacks' clash with France tonight, Mo'unga said it would be 'cool' if O'Gara joined the Crusaders coaching staff for 2018.

"He was one of the best in the world when he was around. If the rumours are true it would be pretty cool," Mo'unga said.

"He would be very knowledgeable from a 10's perspective. Leon was a huge help for me this year. He didn't play 10 but he was an outside specialist. When he announced he wasn't coming back I was a bit gutted but I'm excited for whoever gets the opportunity and if it's him it would be awesome. I've never met him or anything but it would be cool."

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