Saturday 16 December 2017

Ronan O'Gara won't be returning to Ireland after he leaves Racing 92

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Former Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a move back to Ireland.

The 40-year-old has two years remaining on his contract as defence coach with Racing 92 in France's Top 14 and believes his next coaching assignment will not be in Ireland.

O'Gara has been linked with positions at Munster and Ireland over recent years and last year expressed his wish to team up with former teammate Paul O'Connell at his old province in the future.

The Cork native will also travel with Ireland on the summer tour of the United States and Japan in June, with Joe Schmidt confirming that he will operate as a skills coach.

Writing in his column in today's Irish Examiner, O'Gara claimed that he will explore options outside of Ireland when his time in Paris comes to an end.

“There’s a fanciful narrative that I hear most times we’re at home in Cork that it’s only a matter of time before I return to a coaching job in Ireland. That every month spent in Paris is a month closer to coming home," he wrote.

“It’s a nice theory, but it’s nowhere even close to being true. If anything, I feel my career as a coach abroad is just getting started.

“In two years’ time I may (or may not) be at the end of my time with Racing, but there will be another project somewhere before I would have any thoughts of coming back to Cork. Whether that be in France or somewhere else.

“I’d be amazed if the next play was back at home in Ireland. Much as I love Cork.”

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