It is no secrets that Ireland and Munster legend Ronan O’Gara maintains a very strong affinity with the Thomond Park based side, despite now being assistant coach at Top 14 side Racing 92.
Since his retirement as a player in 2013, O’Gara has been with the Paris team and is currently contracted with last seasons Champions Cup finalists until 2019.
Despite this, the Cork man has never shied away from his former club and has always been quick to congratulate and praise the Limerick based side at every opportunity.
Following Munster’s hard fought 14-12 victory in Glasgow last weekend, he was full of praise for the province and their qualification for the Champions Cup quarter-finals.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) January 14, 2017
Now, during an appearance on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight show, Brian O’Driscoll was asked about O’Gara and the love he is giving a side that this season shares the same pool in the Champion Cup as Racing and who only two weeks ago, gave the French side a thrashing in Paris.
Asked if he thought O’Gara’s comments were ‘those of a homesick man’, O’Driscoll couldn’t help throw a playing dig at his former Ireland team-mate and say what everyone is already thinking.
“D’you think he is trying to keep his hand in with them!? It’s the old ‘Yeah, I’m over in France, and Racing are my team…but they [Munster] are really my team.
“Yeah, it’s inevitable that at some stage ROG will come back. I think he has been smart to go over and learn his trade away from Munster. Obviously they are going great guns and he is a fond follower of them. They are his second team, allegedly, although it’s not great if they are in your group.”
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It has long been expected that O’Gara will someday return to Munster in some coaching capacity and so O’Driscoll’s comments merely reaffirm that same notion.
With fellow Munster, Ireland and Lions legend Paul O’Connell now also filling a role on the province’s coaching ticket, it really does seem to be merely a matter of time before Ireland’s greatest every out-half returns home.
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