The former British and Irish Lion has spent the past two seasons as backs coach under Scott Robertson in New Zealand and is now set to take over as head coach of Top 14 side La Rochelle.
O’Gara shared a picture of his bags at the airport, thanking Robertson for the opportunity and describing his time with the Crusaders as an “adventure”.
La Rochelle’s pre-season training started this week, but the 128-cap international will still have plenty of time to work with the team before the season starts.
— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) July 10, 2019
He called the Crusaders set-up a “unique environment”, which is understandable as they have just secured an unprecedented 10th Super Rugby title.
As happy as we are for Ronan, we are also sad to announce this season will be his last with us, having accepted a coaching role with French club, La Rochelle. Congrats Rog! ?? Read more at https://t.co/f24oj5pFXe #crusadeon ??
— BNZ Crusaders (@crusadersrugby) June 12, 2019
O’Gara was one of the finest tacticians the game has ever seen as a player, and he was always destined to have success as a coach given his rugby brain. These just seem like stepping stones before he one day returns to Thomond Park and eventually Ireland.
While it has surely been a great adventure with the Crusaders, a new challenge awaits as he is given the reins of a club for the very first time.
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