The 44-year-old moves from head coach to 'head of the team' or Director of Rugby, with Jono Gibbes switching to Clermont in June. Before then O'Gara and his charges face Leinster in the Champions Cup semi-final on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Outspoken and a serial winner as a Munster and Irish out-half, he always came across as a head coach in the making. He’s eschewed the easy options at every turn since he hung up his boots. He could have stayed on with the Reds in 2013, for one last season, but took up a coaching role at Racing 92, working with Johnny Sexton, his former rival for the green number 10 geansaí.
"We were good, at times, and inaccurate, at times, but that’s the beauty of our game. There’s a big emphasis on identifying space.”
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Fascinating to speak to La Rochelle coach @RonanOGara10 🟡
He discusses mindset, style of play and coaching the likes of Levani Botia ✨#HeinekenChampionsCup pic.twitter.com/5aI2t3euXL