Sunday 15 December 2019

Ronan O'Gara clarifies comments on possible return to Munster

Ronan O'Gara. Photo: Sportsfile
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Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara is open to a move home to Munster but only when his former teammates are no longer playing.

"Coaching the players I played with, for me, is not a good idea but coaching Munster when those players are gone is something that hugely interests me," the Corkman told The42.

"If that opportunity didn’t arrive, it wouldn’t bother me but I would love to coach Munster."

O'Gara made the clarification after comments appeared in the New Zealand media suggesting that he didn't see a return to Thomond Park as enticing enough.

"I enjoyed playing in Munster but I don't think coaching the players you played with is a good idea. I didn't want that so there's not a big draw to ever go back there," he told the New Zealand Herald.

"If the opportunity with Ireland presents itself it's a different decision.

"At the minute I'm at a massive club with a big responsibility and something that really interests me. I enjoy the day-to-day coaching and interaction with the players and international rugby is very different. You need to be hugely experienced to do that and I'm not that."

The 40-year-old was allowed to end his contract with Racing 92 early in order to link up with Canterbury Crusaders as an assistant coach.

He admitted that Dan Carter played a pivotal role in his move down under.

"Dan asked if I would ever go overseas and coach and I said 'yeah of course'. I didn't think anything of it and then a few weeks later he asked me again," explained O’Gara.

"He said 'there might be something potentially at the Crusaders if it interests you'.

"I tried to keep a straight face but I was obviously burning up with excitement underneath."

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