Ronan O'Gara express interest in working under Andy Farrell for Ireland

Andy Farrell will take over as head coach role of Ireland post 2019 World Cup
Andy Farrell will take over as head coach role of Ireland post 2019 World Cup

Former Ireland international Ronan O'Gara said he is interested to be part of the backroom staff of the national side when Andy Farrell takes in charge following Joe Schmidt's departure.

Schmidt, who had stupendous success with Ireland side that saw them clinch a Grand Slam in Six Nations this year followed by series win in Australia and an undefeated autumn international campaign decided that he will not renew his contract post 2019 World Cup to spend more time with his family following which the Irish Rugby Football Union announced that Farrell will step up from his assistant role to take in charge of the side.

Meanwhile, O'Gara, who is the most capped player and the highest ever point scorer for Ireland said he will approach the IRFU for a chance to work with the national side.

"I would be in contact with a few guys from the IRFU, I played all my rugby here," he said.

"I'm trying to do the best I can and create my own journey as a coach. It changes very quickly.

"One phone call can change anything. At the minute I'm in New Zealand, I'm extremely happy, contracted to the Crusaders. I will be for a while.

"Something like that, it's your home country, you do [want to get involved] at some stage. But I think it's important that you get your timing right.

"An opening doesn't mean anything, it's about how you can make it better and whether you can make it better.

"Who knows, depending on what role is available. You can see that the show here is very strong at the minute.

"Some day, hopefully, it will happen."

O'Gara began his coaching career as defence coach of Racing 92 in 2013 before switching to Crusaders as an assistant coach during the 2018 Super Rugby season.


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