Former Ireland and Munster outhalf Ronan O’Gara is reportedly set to sign a three-year deal to become the backs coach at French side La Rochelle.
According to reports in the French media, O’Gara is set to leave his role at New Zealand side Crusaders at the end of the Super Rugby season and take up a role at La Rochelle.
The speculation comes after the news that the French club’s current backs coach Xavier Garbajosa will leave his position just days after helping La Rochelle to the Challenge Cup final where they were disappointingly defeated by Clermont Auvergne.
La Rochelle currently sit fourth in the Top 14 after a solid season with O’Gara expected to join the club on a three-year deal.
Should O’Gara make the move back to France, he would be linking up with former Ulster coach Jono Gibbes who is the director of rugby at the club.
O’Gara is of course more than familiar with French rugby having been the assistant coach at Racing 92 for five years as well as being linked to a role with the France national team for the World Cup last month.
Speaking on the role O’Gara said in his column in the Irish Examiner;
“I had conversations with senior people in the [French Union] and I was interested in a detailed proposition, but the conversation never got to that point, to the bit where a specific role, working with specific people was on the table.
“I’ve heard no more in recent weeks, so I can assume it’s off the table now.”