Ronan O'Gara's had head coach offers

Munster and Ireland legend has been chatting to Joe Molloy

BY Raf Diallo 17:53 Wednesday 31 October 2018, 17:53 31 Oct 2018

Ronan O'Gara is currently in the midst of his latest coaching adventure down in New Zealand with Crusaders.

Thus far a coaching career that has taken in Racing 92 in Paris and a 2017 stint with Ireland have been within set-ups rather than as a head coach.

But the offers have been there as he told Joe Molloy when the Munster and Ireland legend popped into our studio.  

"[I was] tempted yeah but would it have been the right thing to do, no I don't think so," said O'Gara of those past offers for his services as a head coach. 

"I think it's going to happen sooner rather than later I hope and I wouldn't be frightened by it. I would be hugely excited by it."

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However, the 41-year-old is also aware of the need to keep learning in his current backroom roles.

"But it's not the be all and end all. People get obsessed with titles," he said.

"I think when you're a secure person, you kind of get into an environment that you're happy with, that you know that you can add value to and that's what's happening with the Crusaders.

"The Crusaders doesn't have to be a stepping stone to anything. It's one of the best clubs in the world and it's a great club to work at. And sure, I'm not the boss but I have a good role and a role that I feel challenged in, not alone by the staff, but by the players and that's the biggest test I think. 

"The players will know when their coach isn't giving them the direction and these are good All Blacks you're talking about." 

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