MUNSTER Director of Rugby says Ronan O’Gara’s involvement in Racing 92s backroom team adds a degree of spice to Sunday’s Champions Cup opener at Stade Yves-Du-Manoir, Paris, 3.15pm Irish time.
Racing assistant coach O’Gara starred at out-half for Munster’s previous meeting with the current French champions in the European Cup, a 29-6 win in January 2013 which secured the Irish province’s passage to the quarter-finals.
Racing defence coach O’Gara moved directly from playing with his home province of Munster to Paris in 2013 and now in his fourth season coaching the Top 14 champions.
Rassie Erasmus said: “Ronan’s involvement in the Racing backroom team will definitely spice up the whole thing, especially, I think, with his personality.
“There is a lot of things, thankfully due to him the way Munster Rugby has been built up as a brand and as a club. He has played a big part in that.
“I can pick up that he is someone who is close to everyone’s heart here. That is great and we are thankful to him about that.
“I played against him a lot. It was just impossible to get territory against this guy and possession against him because he was mastering the game well.
“Now with him being at Racing and work with (Dan) Carter and the other great 10s they have there, will pose a nice big challenge.
“I think there is more spice to it off the field, between the fans and those kind of things. It just makes the contest greater which is what the players want.”