Ronan O’Gara

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Ronan is a former rugby union international and is a current coach. He played as an outside half and is Ireland’s second most-capped player and second highest points scorer. He is currently head coach of La Rochelle in the French Top 14. He gained 128 caps and scored 1,083 points for Ireland (2000-2013). He played on three GB Lions tours, but only played in two tests. However, he took part in three Triple Crown wins for Ireland and a Grand Slam in 2009. He played most of his senior rugby with Munster, scoring 2,625 points in 240 matches (1997-2013). His father was working in the USA when he was born, but the family returned to Ireland just six months later. After starting his education at the same school in which his mother taught, Ronan obtained a B.A and a master’s degree in Business Economics at college in Cork. His club rugby began with Cork Constitution, rising to be captain of Munster and playing for Ireland ‘A’, then making his test debut against Scotland in 2000. In 2008 he became for a while captain of his country. His Lions tours were in 2001 (Australia), 2005 (New Zealand, 1 test) and 2009 (South Africa, 1 test). He retired to coach Racing 92, then the Crusaders in New Zealand, before a 2019 return to France with La Rochelle, where he has become a highly-successful head coach.