Ronan O’Gara, the former Irish number 10 with 128 Test caps has boldly stated who he thinks the best rugby coach in the world is. Will he coach the All Blacks?

Since O’Gara hung up his boots in 2013 he has moved to France and is pursuing his coaching career with Racing 92. O’Gara has made no secret that he enjoys working with the great Dan Carter.

It is another Kiwi though that O’Gara seems to have the utmost admiration for. Speaking on SportsJOE Live O’Gara said,

“I am luckily going on the first week of the summer tour with the Irish senior team to America. It’s really exciting to me to learn from what I consider to be the best coach in the world of rugby in Joe Schmidt. So for me, I cannot wait.”

We all know that Joe Schmidt is making big waves with the Irish team, there may even be a future All Black coach in him. Joe is another high achieving Kiwi making a mark overseas. We can be especially proud of Joe as he is following the great tradition of transparency in New Zealand sport.

All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith after the win. Investec Tri-Nations - Bledisloe Cup match - All Blacks v Australia at AMI Stadium, Christchurch on Saturday 6 August 2010. Photo: Dave Lintott/PHOTOSPORT
Photo: Dave Lintott/PHOTOSPORT

The All Blacks rugby think tank believes in sharing information freely. Post 2007 Rugby World Cup, there was a noticeable change in the All Black machine both on and off the field. The highly rated Wayne Smith and others opened up on their willingness to share information with others to develop the game. It is a uniquely Kiwi mindset in the rugby world and a wonderful trait of our high achieving sports think tank.

IRFU Announce Joe Schmidt as Ireland Head Coach, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 29/4/2013 New Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Now Joe Schmidt is following suit. While the British & Irish Lions are on tour here in June/July, the Irish rugby team will be in the USA. Schmidt has invited a number of young Irish coaches to join the tour and share ideas and knowledge.

Kiwi ingenuity has always set New Zealanders apart. It’s great to see the tradition being upheld by another highly respected son of this land.

Is Joe Schmidt the best rugby coach in the world? Could it be Eddie Jones? Or Steve Hansen? Wayne Smith? Who do you think is a cut above the rest?


Author: Gareth Dinneen

Gareth is from Limerick, Ireland and has been obsessed with the All Blacks and NZ culture since 1989. He first arrived in NZ in 2001 to tutor in New Media and has since worked with Weta Digital on movies like Avatar, King Kong, The Avengers and most recently Valerian. Gareth grew up listening to his father Len on sports radio. Len is known as ‘The Voice of Rugby’ in Munster, Ireland. The 1014 brings Gareth right back to his sports media roots.


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