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Confirmed - O'Gara released from Racing to take up Super Rugby role

By Ian Cameron
Racing 92 defence coach Ronan O’Gara

Parisian side Racing 92 have confirmed that Ronan O’Gara will be released from his contract at the club to take up a coaching role with the BNZ Crusaders in Super Rugby.

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The former Munster flyhalf will take up his new position with the storied New Zealand franchise from the 1st of January.

O’Gara joined the Paris based club in 2013 and had been under contract until 2019, but has instead decided to take up the new role alongside Super Rugby winning coach Scott Robertson.

In a statement, Racing said O’Gara would take up the role in a bid to “enrich his rugby knowledge and improve his training methods” and that they “did not want to deprive one of its faithful servants of a great opportunity”.

As a player, O’Gara boasts a Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland and two European Champions Cups with Munster. He also participated in three Lions tours, including the ill-fated trip to New Zealand in 2005.

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Shaylen 6 hours ago
Ireland and South Africa share the same player development dilemma

These guys will be utility players Nick it cannot be helped because coaches cannot help themselves. Rassie looks at players like these and sees the ability to cover multiple positions without losing much. It allows the 6-2 or 7-1. He wont change his coaching style or strategy for one player. At provincial level players like these are indispensable. If there is an injury to your starting 12 but your back up 12 is a bit iffy then a coach is going to go with the back up 10 who is gold and who can play a good 12. Damian Willemse for the Springboks is an obvious case, for the Stormers its the same. Dobson plays him at 12 or 15, with Gelant in the team he plays 12 but if Gelant goes down he doesnt go for his back up 15, he just puts Willemse there. With Frawley its the same at international and provincial level. He just slots in wherever. Frans Steyn made a career out of it. He was much maligned though as a youngster as he never fully developed into any role. He then went to Japan and France to decide for himself what kind of player he was, put on muscle and retained his big boot, ran over players and booted the ball long and came back into the Springboks after about 3 years away and was then certain about how he wanted to play the game no matter what position. Coaches cannot help themselves because they only want what is best for their teams and that means putting your most talented players on even if it means you cause them some discomfort. Sometimes players need to decide how they want to play the game and then adapt that to every position and let the coach decide how they want to use them.

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