O’Gara confirms coaching role with Irish setup

Speculation yesterday that Ronan O’Gara would join the Irish coaching team has been confirmed. His main duties will be skills and working with young number 10s.

“I’m luckily going on the first week of the summer tour to America. It’s really exciting and a great opportunity for me to learn from who I consider the best coach in world rugby in Joe Schmidt. I can’t wait,” O’Gara told the sportsJoe Live show.

It’s been four years since O’Gara retired but the former Munster and Ireland out half will join Joe Schmidt and his coaching staff for the first leg of Ireland’s summer tour schedule, in the United States, from June 3.

O'Gara joined Racing in 2013

O’Gara joined Racing in 2013

The Racing 92 defence coach went into detail on his upcoming part in Ireland’s summer tour on the latest episode of The Hard Yards rugby podcast.

“I’m going for the American leg of the tour. Felix Jones is going for the Japanese First Test and Girvan Dempsey is going as well.

“Andy Farrell is going with the Lions I think. They’re down a coach and Ireland are trying to have a look, under the tutelage of Joe Schmidt, to see how he operates and it will be a wonderful learning experience.

“I don’t think there’s any official role, except skills coach and to offer advice to younger players. It will be hugely interesting and I can not wait to get involved.”

The move from the IRFU to bring O’Gara into the national coaching set up is certainly going to please the rugby public. The question remains however, if O’Gara’s time in France comes to an end, will there be a more permanent role on offer for the Cork man?

 

Social Sharing

Posted in

TEAM | Irish internationals return as Munster name team for Connacht

Match tickets are available to buy online here or from the stadium on match day. A family pack of four ...
Read More

Mike Prendergast and Diarmuid Barron hoping for “consistency” as Munster host Connacht in URC

The red province will be keen to continue in the vein that saw them defeat South Africa Select ...
Read More

Something for the Weekend | Munster return to URC action with Provincial semi-finals featuring in World Cup dominated weekend

Find all of the weekend’s sporting action and where to watch it here! The World Cup is well ...
Read More

Energia AIL Preview | Limerick sides return to action in the All-Ireland Leagues

The last round of fixtures in the Energia All-Ireland League were played on the 12th of November. The ...
Read More

Newcastle West reach All-Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals while UL Bohs clinch Women’s AIL last four spot

There were mixed results for the Limerick sides in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup over the ...
Read More

Squad Update | Keith Earls returns to training while positive news on Antoine Frisch

Munster return to URC action this Saturday as they host Connacht at Thomod Park. The Munster squad are ...
Read More

Tadgh Beirne one of four Irish named in World Rugby Men’s 15s Dream Team of the Year

The team was announced yesterday with Ireland having the most representatives following an impressive calendar year. Munster and ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Ireland survive late Australian onslaught to complete Autumn Nations Series sweep

For the first time ever, Ireland have beaten Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the same year. ...
Read More