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Ronan O'Gara Would Be Open To All Blacks Coaching Role

Ronan O'Gara Would Be Open To All Blacks Coaching Role

Ronan O'Gara has said that should a coaching role with the All Blacks or the chance to become head coach of the Crusaders become available to him, he would be open to both.

The former Ireland out-half is currently backs coach with Super Rugby champions Crusaders. Their head coach Scott Robertson just recently penned a new deal to remain with the Canterbury side but is among the favourites to succeed Steve Hansen when he steps down as All Blacks head coach following this year's World Cup.

Should Robertson leave - and if O'Gara chooses to remain in New Zealand beyond his current deal - a number of avenues may open up for him.

In conversation with the New Zealand Herald, O'Gara was asked if he would be interested in taking Crusaders job should Robertson depart.

"It would be a big job to apply for - I wouldn't be scared of putting my name in if it was the right thing to do," said O'Gara.

Sport has taught me that these things work themselves out.

That means Razor [Scott Robertson] wouldn't take me to the All Blacks job which I'd have to ask him questions about. Everything is possible.

I'm ambitious and competitive but I think the most important thing is if I do my job these things look after themselves. I have a fantastic backline here.

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O'Gara also said that any decision regarding his future will involve consultation with his family.

"It's a fantastic rugby club - it offers everything. I just have to make sure [staying on] is the right decision for my wife and five kids. If it was my decision I know where I'd want to be. You have to stop being selfish … and be realistic. Believe me, it comes up at the dinner table a lot."

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