TV3 have announced that Ronan O'Gara will be one of their leading faces on next year's Six Nations coverage.
After successfully broadcasting the Rugby World Cup in 2015, the station replaces RTÉ as Six Nations broadcasters next year. Their deal is in place until the conclusion of the 2021 tournament.
O'Gara's arrival is a massive coup for the station. One of the biggest names in Irish rugby in the professional era, he previously worked with RTÉ on their coverage of Ireland matches and the Six Nations.
One of the smartest minds in the game, O'Gara was one of the first to point out the Italian tactics during the Six Nations match with England earlier this year had been regularly used before.
Ronan O'Gara giving some examples of teams employing this Italian tactic previously #rterugby https://t.co/KXhlDkVFTQ pic.twitter.com/3wUcA3DIQ3
— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) February 26, 2017
The Racing 92 coach will be in an excellent position to comment on the Irish team after working up close with them last summer. He temporarily joined the coaching team in a one-off capacity for the win over the United States in June.
Delighted that @RonanOGara10 will join TV3's Six Nations panel in 2018
— Sinéad Kissane (@sineadkissane) August 30, 2017
While no other names have been confirmed for the Six Nations coverage, the fact that one of the most honest and outspoken Irishmen in the sport has been signed up is only a positive.
In the 2015 World Cup, the station impressed with their level of analysis and honesty, and showed their montages (something which RTÉ was famed for) can be of the best of quality.
Ireland's opening match in the tournament is against France in Paris on February 3rd. Who's better to discuss both sides than ROG?
We can't wait.