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O'Gara can be Crusaders' king, says former All Black captain

 

By Ruahidri O'Connor

Richie McCaw has backed Ronan O'Gara to succeed in New Zealand after the Ireland legend confirmed his move to the former All Black captain's old club, The Crusaders.

Racing 92 yesterday released their assistant coach from his contract to allow him join the Super Rugby champions on an initial one-year deal that will see him take a pay-cut of around €50,000.

O'Gara, who has been with the French club since 2013 and was contracted to remain until the end of next season, negotiated a release to allow him take up his new position in Christchurch on New Zealand's South Island.

McCaw spent his entire playing career with the Crusaders and made his international debut alongside their head coach Scott Robertson.

And he is excited to see how his former adversary O'Gara gets on in what is a rare move by a Northern Hemisphere coach.

"It's quite exciting from a Crusaders point of view to have a first Northern Hemisphere influence," he said.

"I'm guessing that the time Ronan had at Racing around guys like Dan Carter and Casey Laulala, he felt it was the right place to go. The Crusaders boys will ask the same questions. There is no doubt that he has a pretty good rugby brain and he will bring new ideas that the Crusaders boys will be keen to hear."

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