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Ronan O'Gara set for surprise move to New Zealand - Report

By Fred Culazzo

Reports in the Irish media this morning suggest that Ronan O’Gara is set for a surprise move to New Zealand where he’ll take up a coaching position alongside Crusaders coach, Scott Robertson.


According to the Irish Examiner, the ex Munster man and current Racing 92 defence coach, will join the Super Rugby champions next season.

O’Gara has been coaching the French side since 2013, with the highlight coming last year when Racing 92 won the French championship against Toulon.

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

More to follow.

Source: Irish Examiner



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William 2 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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