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O'Gara to the Crusaders a 'win-win' for all involved - Deans
‘A different voice and a different approach’ would be a nice fit for the Super Rugby champions.

FORMER CRUSADERS COACH Robbie Deans says a potential swoop for Ronan O’Gara would be the right move at the right time for both parties.

The Racing 92 defence coach confirmed on Saturday that talks had begun between the clubs. And with former Crusaders assistant coach Leon MacDonald parting ways in recent months, Deans believes this is the ideal time to secure O’Gara’s services.

Barbarian’s head coach Robbie Deans with Scott Robertson Billy Stickland / INPHO Crusaders boss Scott Robertson chats with Deans. Billy Stickland / INPHO / INPHO

“It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but if that is what they are seeking to do I can understand it,” said Deans.

“They lost a good man in Leon. Scott Robertson is obviously looking to replace him and it’s not a silly idea to seek some cross-pollination. A different voice and a different approach maybe.

“It would be stimulating for the group. They are an experienced group, they have got good leadership, so that sort of stimulation is good,” said Deans.

The former Wallabies coach, who is now coaching in Japan, was in charge of the Barbarians side that beat 27-24 Tonga at Thomond Park on Friday night.

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O’Gara moved to Paris after retiring from Munster in 2013 after 238 appearances for the province and 128 Irish caps. He has worked with some of the best players in the world at Racing 92, including Crusaders legend Dan Carter, and Deans says he would be the perfect fit at the eight-time winners and reigning Super Rugby champions.

“He is a very experienced player and coach now,” added Deans.

“He would be a great injection to the group. Ronan is respected down in New Zealand for his history and he would be going into a great vehicle.

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“It’s a great opportunity for him and it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved really.”

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