Ronan O’Gara On His Dream Coaching Job
R0nan O’Gara was awarded the freedom of Cork yesterday in a special ceremony.
The Munster and Ireland legend is a proud Cork native and thanked its people for their support over the many years of his career. The legendary playmaker has won two Heineken Cups with Munster, and was pivotal to his country’s 2009 Grand Slam glory, as well Triple Crowns in ’04, ’06 and ’07 in a storied career.
Since retiring O’Gara has moved into coaching, opting to leave Ireland and earn his stripes in France with Racing 92 where he now holds the title of defence coach, after starting off in a minor skills coach role.
O’Gara will take up a temporary role with Ireland this summer on the American leg of their June tour, and has revealed that his dream ambition is to coach Ireland someday.
“If you’re ambitious, that’s always where you’d like to end up,” O’Gara told RTE
“It’s a really ambitious thought plan, but if you don’t aim for it you won’t get there, so of course it’s in the back of my head, but coaching is a bit of a marathon. You have to learn so many other skills that you don’t need as a player. I’m enjoying the journey.
“Of course it’s in my head to try and come back at some time to try and coach in Munster and Ireland, but you’ve got to earn that. Because you had a big name as a player that doesn’t mean anything.”