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Ronan O'Gara says he'd love to coach England

By Ian Cameron
Ireland player Ronan O' Gara (c) gets involved in a fight with Chris Ashton (r) during the RBS 6 Nations match between Ireland and England at Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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La Rochelle head coach Ronan O’Gara has thrown his hat in the ring for the England job on BT Sports, admitting that he’d ‘love to have a go off that’.

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O’Gara, who made headlines this weekend following an ugly sideline confrontation with Bordeaux Begles boss Christophe Urios in the Top 14, was asked would he fancy a go at the job and his answer was emphatic.

BT Sports anchor Craig Doyle directed a question from Twitter to O’Gara in a live Q & A and the former Ireland flyhalf quite happily told him he’s open to coaching the men in white.

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“Yeah, it would be a great job I think actually. Yeah, what a team. There’s so much potential there.

“There’s serious rugby players and serious passion for the game in England. It’s a cracking job, you’d love to have a go off that.”

It’s an interesting take from O’Gara, who is currently contracted to La Rochelle and has said he will honour his contract with the Top 14 side come what may. The 45-year-old is more used to being quizzed about taking over the reins at Munster, a job he previously ruled himself out of.

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Whether or not the RFU would entertain the idea of O’Gara as a head coach is another matter of course.

The RFU have strongly indicated that an English coach is their preference for the next head coach, an admission that has made Leicester Tigers head coach Steve Borthwick a firm favourite to return to the set-up post Eddie Jones.

The union have backed Jones to lead England into the Rugby World Cup in France next year, but speculation remains regarding whether the Australian can make it that far after another disappointing Guinness Six Nations.

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England finished third in the end and only managed to pick up a pair of wins against Wales and Italy.

Having impressed as an assistant coach in New Zealand with the Crusaders, O’Gara is certainly going well in France.  He spent four seasons as defence coach at Racing 92 and has helped spearhead La Rochelle’s recent success since joining them in 2019.

 

 

 

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