Ronan O'Gara Expected To Be Announced As New La Rochelle Coach

Ronan O'Gara Expected To Be Announced As New La Rochelle Coach

The most sought-after man in Irish rugby is on the move once again. This time, Ronan O'Gara is teaming up with the former Leinster and Ulster coach, Jono Gibbes, at La Rochelle.

According to reports in L'Équipe and RMC Sports, the former fly-half is due to leave the Crusaders in New Zealand at the end of the Super Rugby season to return to France.

The reports come after the club announced on social media today that Xavier Garbajosa, the teams's backs coach, will leave his position. The news follows only days after Garbajosa helped lead the side to the European Challenge Cup final in Newcastle last Friday night.

The French club currently sit in fourth spot on the Top 14, but despite making it to last Friday's European showpiece, they fell victim to an impressive Clermont Auvergne performance, losing 36-16.


The former Munster man is expected to join the side at Stade Marcel-Deflandre on a three-year contract.

Previously, O'Gara worked with Racing 92 before heading to the other end of the world to further his career under the guidance Scott Robertson in Christchurch.

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