Thursday 18 October 2018

Ronan O'Gara agrees contract extension to stay with Crusaders for 2019 season

21 October 2017; Racing 92 defence coach Ronan O'Gara prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
21 October 2017; Racing 92 defence coach Ronan O'Gara prior to the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 4 Round 2 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Ronan O'Gara has signed a contract extension to remain as the Crusaders backline coach for 2019.

The Ireland legend left Racing 92 before Christmas to join up with the Super Rugby side, who have enjoyed a strong start to their title defence this season.

O'Gara initially signed a one-year deal with the New Zealand giants, but after adapting well to life in Canterbury, he has decided to stay on for the 2019 season too.

"I’m delighted to be extending my contract for another season. I have always been an admirer of rugby in New Zealand and to get the opportunity to work with a club like the Crusaders is a fantastic experience," O'Gara said.

"Besides being a great bunch of guys to work with, the professionalism of everyone associated with the club is incredible. It’s no wonder this part of the world has the success they do. I’m delighted my wife and family have come on this journey with me and I’m really looking forward to working with everyone again next season."

O'Gara hung up his boots in 2013 and immediately joined Racing 92 as kicking coach, which eventually progressed to running the team's defence. He spent four and a half seasons in Paris before joining the Crusaders.

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