Ireland legend set to join France’s coaching team

France’s dismal form has resulted in the side calling in one of  Crusaders’ mastermind in preparation for their World Cup campaign.

Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O’Gara is set to sign a short-term deal as a defence coach for the French national team ahead their World Cup campaign, according to reports out of France.

Midi Olympique is indicating the 42-year-old former Ireland and British and Irish Lions international has been identified as a backroom staff target following France’s poor showing in the recent Six Nations, and is reportedly close to finalising the move.

France finished the Six Nations in fourth place after winning just two of their five fixtures, leaving head coach Jacques Brunel under intense pressure with just five wins from 16 outings since taking the reigns from Guy Noves in late 2017.

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