Ronan O'Gara reveals World Cup role with France is 'off the table'

Ronan O'Gara has ruled out joining the French coaching setup for the World Cup.

Ronan O'Gara reveals World Cup role with France is 'off the table'

Ronan O'Gara has ruled out joining the French coaching setup for the World Cup.

The former Ireland out-half said in his weekly Irish Examiner column that conversations he held with the French union never progressed to a detailed proposition and that the move is now "off the table".

O'Gara is currently working with the Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders, in New Zealand.

"The Crusaders are on a gap week from the Super Rugby season, so it was perfect for thinking space," he wrote.

"One of the things I promised with this column is keeping it factual.

"So while there has been a lot of speculation in recent weeks about me going to the World Cup as part of the French backroom team, I did say all along there was nothing concrete to report. And so it has proved.

"I had conversations with senior people in the FFR and I was interested in a detailed proposition, but the conversation never got to that point, to the bit where a specific role working with specific people was on the table.

"I’ve heard no more in recent weeks, so I can assume it’s off the table now."

You can read his full column previewing this weekend's Champions Cup semi-finals here.

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