Ronan O’Gara has dismissed speculation linking him with a move into a coaching role with former Munster team-mate Paul O’Connell.
The Racing Metro skills, kicking and defence coach has helped the Top 14 side to a first ever Champions Cup semi-final date after dethroning European kingpins Toulon in the last eight, but has spoken of the possibility of working with O’Connell in the future.
"I talk to Paulie, Paulie will be an exceptionally good coach and it's no secret that we want to team up. It's about getting the right opportunity,” he told the Irish Independent.
Speaking on RTÉ 2fm’s Game On programme, Ireland's record points scorer said he is solely concentrating on his future in France, with a contract that runs until 2019.
“There’s no story,” he told listeners when asked about his comments regarding O’Connell.
“I was asked a million and one questions and that was the conclusion of an article. You can take whatever you want from it.
“I signed with Racing for three years so it would be unfair on them to be considering going anywhere. It’s a story about nothing.”
The pair won two Heineken Cups together in Munster colours as well as a Grand Slam in 2009 in a decorated period in Irish rugby.
O'Gara posted on his official Twitter account earlier that the comments were merely to highlight the respect he has for a player who only announced his retirement from the game earlier this year.
Apologies to @Paul_OConnell as my comments are almost being interpreted as if I was speaking on both our behalfs which I certainly was not.— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) April 14, 2016
I was merely expressing a wish for the future such is the esteem I hold for the man.— Ronan O Gara (@RonanOGara10) April 14, 2016
Racing currently sit in third position in the Top 14, and with the upcoming clash with Leicester Tigers to look forward to, the Cork native believes it is a landmark season for the club.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but mentally it was a big step forward for us,” he said.
“Going into work on Monday was easy, that’s why you play the game, to play arguably the most successful European team of all-time, what they have done Toulon is incredible, for us to knock off was a big achievement for the players in our club.
“Toulon, Toulouse away, Leicester away and Clermont at home are our next four games so there’s not much time for dwelling on it.”