O’Gara to extend Paris stay

Ronan O’Gara has confirmed he is ready to sign a contract extension to 2016 with Racing Metro — ruling out any short-term return to Munster.

O’Gara said talks are well advanced on a new two-year agreement with the Top 14 outfit that will see him and his family remain in the French capital until the summer of 2016 at least. His responsibilities will be formally extended to that of defence coach and skills coach, and he will retain responsibility for the kicking game at Racing.

“It’s been a steep learning curve for me in terms of learning my trade as a coach and from the point of view of a family.

Jessica and the children also love the lifestyle here. It’s been a really interesting 12 months, you see everything from the ground up in this project.”

O’Gara’s agreement with Racing owner Jacky Lorenzetti comes as the club prepare for a season-defining Top 14 ‘elimination final’ away to Toulouse this Friday. Racing lost heavily to Montpellier at the weekend, losing the opportunity of an automatic semi-final spot. “We haven’t made things easy for ourselves,” O’Gara said last night as he reflected on his first year in Paris.

“The most important for me has been the mindset of both Laurents [coaches Labit and Travers]. We all work really well, they are very organised. We discuss a lot of things every day, and I’m learning all the time.”

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