'My instinct here was that this is an incredible opportunity' - Ronan O'Gara on NZ move

"I’ve always trusted my instincts, and my instinct here was that this is an incredible opportunity."

'My instinct here was that this is an incredible opportunity' - Ronan O'Gara on NZ move

Ronan O’Gara has revealed some of the background behind his move to New Zealand in the new year.

Super Rugby champions Canterbury Crusaders have agreed a deal to bring O’Gara to Christchurch for the 2018 season.

O’Gara reveals in his exclusive Irish Examiner column that Racing star and former All-Blacks and Crusaders player Dan Carter brought up the idea of a move to coach in New Zealand with him. He told O’Gara that: "The Crusaders are asking and I’ve given you a strong reference."

Speaking about the move, O’Gara says: "I’ve always trusted my instincts, and my instinct here was that this is an incredible opportunity."

O’Gara has also revealed that his deal with the Crusaders is for one season, with a review process to follow. The former Munster man adds that he wouldn’t be able to do it without his family with him.

The former out-half states he has always been a fan of the Crusaders, seeing a correlation between Munster due to the clubs sharing the same values - "hard-working, honest, having great craic with each other. Virtues I can readily relate to."

You can read Ronan O’Gara’s column in full in tomorrow’s Irish Examiner.

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