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“Built it around Smith” – Ronan O’Gara’s England backline would be box office

Ronan O’Gara sparked rumours of one day coaching England after admitting he would “love” the opportunity.


“Yeah it would be a great job I think actually, what a team,” said O’Gara.

“I think there’s so much potential there, serious rugby players, serious passion for the game in England. It’s a cracking job. You’d love to have a go off that.”

Speaking to BT Sport, O’Gara went into detail on his strategy built around ‘KBA’, standing for ‘Keep Ball Alive’. His time with the Crusaders was pivotal.

“It’s a mindset, something that interests me hugely. There’s a massive ruck focus in the northern hemisphere and then when you go to the Crusaders it’s ‘KBA’ – keep ball alive.” A

We made up this backline based on quotes from the former Ireland fly-half along with the style of rugby he currently deploys with La Rochelle.



15. Freddie Steward

14. Jack Nowell

11. Henry Arundell

Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK