O’Gara admits ‘communication has started’ over Crusaders move


Ronan O’Gara has admitted “communication has started” between Racing 92 and the Canterbury Crusaders over the former Munster out-half potentially switching to New Zealand.

The Irish Examiner reported yesterday that a move was in the pipeline, with O’Gara lined up to become assistant head coach to Scott Robertson next season.

O’Gara moved to Paris shortly after his retirement in 2013 and has a contract with the French club which takes him through to 2019, but he admitted an offer is on the table – and it’s something that’s turned his head.

“I’m in contract until July 2019,” he told RTÉ Sport in his punditry role ahead of Ireland’s Autumn International against South Africa.

“The horse has bolted big time with this story. Communication has started between the two clubs. There’s a lot of fences to jump. 

“There has been contact. I’m not gong to run away from it. But also you have to respect that I’m really enjoying what’s going on in Paris. You’ve got to take it from my point of view that I go to work there on Monday morning so let’s wait and see.”

Crusaders, based in Christchurch, have won a record eight Super rugby titles and are the reigning champions.


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