Reports are emerging that Ronan O'Gara is about to join the France coaching staff ahead this autumn's Rugby World Cup. The former Munster man would link up with the French on a short-term basis, acting as the team's defence coach.
France are hoping to add to their backroom team ahead of the tournament after enduring yet another disappointing Guinness Six Nations campaign. O'Gara has apparently been identified as a target, and a story in tomorrow's Midi Olympique indicates he is close to accepting the role.
— Midi Olympique (@midi_olympique) March 24, 2019
According to Monday's @midi_olympique, Ronan O'Gara is "ready to sign" up on a short term contract with the French Rugby Federation for the World Cup as a defence coach...
— Tony Leen (@tonyleen) March 24, 2019
O'Gara is currently assistant coach at Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders, although his contract with the New Zealand outfit is set to expire at the end of the season. This would mean that he is free to take up a new role from the middle of July onwards.
Ireland's record point scorer has been coy about his future plans, and a move back to France could appeal to him. He has previous coaching experience in the country, having spent four years at Racing Metro.