Ronan O’Gara will continue his coaching career when he ups sticks to Christchurch in January to take on an assistant coaching role with the Crusaders.
The opportunity to work with someone like Scott Robertson and be in a club with such rich history and tradition was clearly too good to turn down and that’s not to mention the winning culture which is embedded within the Christchurch-based outfit.
O’Gara, writing in his column for the Irish Examiner, reveals that the move all started with an innocuous question from All Blacks legend, Dan Carter.
“This all kicked off with a throwaway comment in the gym. Or what I presumed at the time was a throwaway question from Dan Carter. Would I like to coach in New Zealand sometime? Of course I would.”
It was only when Carter raised the question again to his coach at the Parisian club that O’Gara realised that there something more concrete to this.
“Like any shooting-the-breeze chat it passed but a while after. Dan brought the subject up again. And this time, it seemed like he wasn’t just passing time between deadlifts.” ‘I hate doing this because I want the best coaches here at Racing, but I have to tell you, the Crusaders are asking and I’ve given you a strong reference.’ Deadpan Dan. They want to pursure this.”
The Munster legend goes on to describe the sheer amount of work he has to get through between now and making the big move after Christmas, which he will spend in Cork. He reveals that the agreement with the Crusaders is currently for only one season and as things stand, he will be returning to France after one year down under citing his family as the reason for this.
O’Gara admits himself, “I know what you are thinking reading this: what if the first season goes well with the Crusaders? That’s a bridge I am not ready to cross yet.”
The full column can be found here, and it’s certainly an interesting read, so be sure to check it out.