Monday 10 December 2018

WATCH: 'I am always available' - Ronan O'Gara said farewell to his Racing 92 players with classy speech

Ronan O'Gara addressing his players
Ronan O'Gara addressing his players
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Munster and Ireland legend Ronan O'Gara bid farewell to his Racing 92 players over the weekend as he embarks on his New Zealand adventure.

The defence coach, who is moving to the Crusaders next month to act as an assistant coach, said his goodbyes after their Top 14 clash with Toulouse at the new U Arena in Paris this weekend.

They won the game 23-19.

The Cork native has been with the Paris side since 2013 and enjoyed a Top 14 triumph with the Ciel et Blanc in 2016.

Speaking to his players after Friday's encounter, O'Gara said: "I have five kids, four of them going away speaking fluent French. The rugby was brilliant, it was challenging at times, but it is why we play. We have each other's back.

"It is difficult to leave that kind of a setting behind, but more important it is difficult to leave the men behind. I look upon it as a pause to grow myself.

"The door is always open, I am always available. I will look out for each and every one of ye. It has been a pleasure lads, thank you and take care.

"Merci."

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