Wednesday 13 December 2017

O'Gara willing to bide his time

'Players - I know myself as I have had so many coaches that are full of s**t - can detect it straight away'

Former Munster and Ireland out-half Ronan O’Gara
Former Munster and Ireland out-half Ronan O’Gara

Ronan O'Gara has admitted that it is too early in his coaching career to assume a head role position amid rumours that he could make a return to Irish rugby.

With Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt yet to confirm a replacement for defence coach Les Kiss, the current Racing Metro defence coach has been linked with the vacancy, while there were whispers of move to Leinster earlier in the campaign.

The two-time Heineken Cup winner is now in his third year in Paris and poured cold water on joining the Leinster coaching staff.

Speaking at CoreHorizon 2015, an event hosted by CoreHR in Dublin, Ireland's record points scorer was asked if he would ever coach Munster's biggest rivals.

"No I wouldn't, I'd love to coach the team but I am not ready," he said.

The decorated out-half told attendees that he is content in his current role in France and willing to continue his coaching development before carefully choosing the right opportunity when it comes along.

"There is a skill in saying no as well. I think you have to be very careful. For me, getting the job isn't what makes me take it, if I am going to get a job I want to win and I don't think I can portray the best of Ronan O'Gara yet.

"I have an awful lot to learn on the other side of the ball. I know exactly how the [number] ten should play but I don't have the expertise to know how the other 14 players should play and I need to build on that.


"And then when I get my opportunity hopefully I will know exactly what I am talking about."

Respected for his honest assessment as both a pundit and columnist, the Cork native added that a coach out of his depth immediately loses the respect of the dressing room.

"Because players - I know from myself as I have had so many coaches that are full of sh** - can detect it straight away," he said.

"The minute the players detect that, the coach is finished. So you have to be bulletproof in terms of how you decide a game plan and I don't have that information at the minute."

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