O'Gara link to Crusaders role comes from left-field
Not since he was supposedly in talks with the Miami Dolphins about a switch to NFL during his playing career has Ronan O'Gara transfer news been quite as left-field as yesterday's reports that he could be off to New Zealand to join Super Rugby champions the Crusaders.
The former out-half is under contract with Racing 92 until 2019, but according to the 'Irish Examiner' - with whom he has a column - he is set to link up with Scott Robertson in Canterbury in time to play a part in their title defence in 2018.That would mean that he would quit Racing mid-season.
The Parisians have just moved into their state-of-the-art new stadium where they'll take on Munster next season and have recruited Simon Zebo who will join another former Ireland star in Donnacha Ryan in the French capital next season.
O'Gara is growing his experience at Racing and a spell in New Zealand would undoubtedly be a fascinating move for his development.
In financial terms, however, the salaries offered by Super Rugby sides pale in comparison to those offered by the big spenders of the Top 14.