Connacht job too soon for O’Gara

Date published: December 9 2016

Racing 92 assistant coach Ronan O’Gara does not believe the soon-to-be vacant head coaching role at Connacht is one he is ready for.

O’Gara has been praised for his work with the reigning Top 14 champions, who he joined after hanging up his boots following a glittering career with Munster.

The 39-year-old former Ireland and Lions fly-half suggested the move would be too soon in his fledgling coaching career, and that time was on his side in the long run.

“Connacht haven’t been in touch with me,” O’Gara wrote in theĀ Irish Examiner.

“Even if they had, it’s just too early for me to consider something like that at home.

“I don’t want to give up what we have at Racing at this stage, I am too interested in it, too much invested in it just to up sticks.

“Racing were in the final of the European Cup and won the Top 14 last season. It doesn’t get much better than that. And that didn’t materialise overnight, more than three years work has gone into that.

“I am 39 now. I have time. If I was going home to Ireland, it mightn’t even be for coaching. Nobody should pigeon-hole themselves into career boxes.”