Rugby legend Ronan O’Gara kicks off a new career in new surroundings today as he begins life as a coach with French Top 14 side Racing Metro.
O’Gara flew to Paris from Cork yesterday to set up base before his wife Jessica and their four young children join him next month there.
Jacky Lorenzetti’s club has provided O’Gara with ready-made family accommodation in the city but the Munster legend is keen to focus on his coaching duties for the first few weeks, with French clubs returning to duty earlier than most other European domestic leagues.
Racing has drafted in a completely new coaching ticket with Laurent Travers and Laurent Labit coming in from Castres and O’Gara in charge of the half-back pairings in the club.
O’Gara will be back on home turf shortly, though, for the wedding of his new club colleague at Racing, Jonny Sexton, at Adare Manor.
Sexton will only return home from the Lions tour to Australia a few days before the ceremony.
O’Gara will also attend the wedding of his close friend and ex-Munster colleague Paul O’Connell in France later this month.
O’Gara’s wife Jessica is busy preparing for life in France, recently tweeting “Better read this” alongside a picture of a French dictionary.
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