Ronan O’Gara received ‘huge ban and fine’ for ‘inappropriate’ text messages

La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara has received a ten-week ban and a €20,000 (£17,245) fine.

The 45-year-old, who has spent the past two weeks coaching the Barbarians alongside Scott Robertson, was suspended forbehaviour that could damage the image, reputation or interests of rugby or its bodies”.

The former lofty midfielder was revealed to have expressed his frustration with the 14 main officials standard via text messages to Franck Maciello, the head of the French referees.

This is the second such ban the Irishman has received after he was banned from playing on the touchline on match day for six weeks after facing a charge of disrespect to a referee two months ago.

The LNR statement read: “Ronan O’Gara was handed a ten-week suspension and fined €20,000, of which €5,000 was accompanied by a suspended sentence for an ‘attack on the best interests of rugby’.” ‘…

“…and more particularly for ‘any violation of honor or probity by one of the persons referred to in article 714, any violent or insulting or defamatory conduct by one of the persons referred to in article article 714 in relation to any breach of the duty of confidentiality, as well as any deliberate violation of federal regulations or general regulations of the LNR or conduct likely to threaten the image, reputation or interests of rugby or its organs, any infringement of ethics and sports ethics, any breach of a decision pronounced by a disciplinary body of the LNR”.

“Consequently, O’Gara will be requalified on January 30, 2023. In accordance with article 65 of the LNR general regulations, La Rochelle was sanctioned with a fine of €20,000, including €5,000 suspended. These decisions are subject to appeal to the FFR appeals committee within seven days of notification of the full reasoned decision.”

Who will replace Eddie Jones?

The Rugby Football Union has reportedly drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace Eddie Jones as England head coach after next year’s Rugby World Cup.

The RFU expects to finalize their appointment in May, just four months before the tournament in France begins, and is ready to communicate with all three candidates now that Bill Sweeney, their chief executive, is back after six weeks in New Zealand to Rugby Women’s World Cup.

Sweeney had said that the winning candidate could form part of England’s management team at the World Cup. The RFU initially stated that they preferred an English head coach, but that stance has been softened.

One possible candidate the RFU has missed is France defense coach guru Shaun Edwards.

“People asked me if I wanted to join England, but there was no offer on the table,” Edwards wrote in his column for Mail Online.

“I went for a walk along the River Thames with Bill Sweeney, the RFU chief executive, last year, but there hasn’t been much conversation since. It’s not for me to push that.

“We are in a cost of living crisis, with clubs like Wasps and Worcester sadly going out of business.

“I remember how close I came to losing my job after the 2015 World Cup and I don’t need any more of those sleepless nights.”

England three-man shortlist to replace Jones:

#1. scott robertson

Mike Brown, the former England fullback who captained the Barbarians against the Harlequins, wrote in his mail on sundaycolumn that he was “convinced” that Robertson would be the “perfect successor” to Jones.

Scott Robertson Facts:

  • Robertson showed great ambition when he outlined the goal of winning the World Cup with two different countries.
  • His playing position was winger and he played for Bay of Plenty, Perpignan, Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks.
  • Robertson is known for his post-victory break dance routine.


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