“I am extremely proud of the trust that Stade Rochelais continues to show me.”
Ronan O’Gara will become “the head of the team” at La Rochelle next season after signing a contract extension until 2024.
O’Gara has been head coach at the French side since 2019 but will now take over the directory of rugby role as well, with Jono Gibbes leaving for Clermont.
“I am extremely proud of the trust that Stade Rochelais continues to show me by appointing me as the head of the team,” O’Gara told staderochelais.com.
“I am obviously very excited about next season, but first, we have important challenges ahead of us and above all a good season to end in the best possible way.”
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While the former Munster and Ireland outhalf will oversee full rugby operations at La Rochelle in his new role, he will continue his head coach duties with the team on a daily basis.
In a club statement, La Rochelle said they were delighted with O’Gara extending his contract and “his loyalty to the Stade Rochelais’ project”.
“We are delighted with Ronan’s re-engagement until 2024 and his loyalty to the Stade Rochelais’ project, which he will continue to strengthen through his managerial skills, his top level experience and his full immersion in the club culture,” the statement read.
O’Gara began his coaching career at Racing 92 in 2013 before heading to New Zealand to join the Crusaders in 2018. In 2019, he became head coach of La Rochelle and they currently sit second on points difference in the Top 14 table.
La Rochelle are also in the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final where they will take on Leo Cullen’s Leinster.
There was reported interest from two other French clubs and two English Premiership teams for the Cork man, while an international side were also believed to be looking at O’Gara for their head coaching role.