Waratahs confirm Gibson as new head coach

Daryl Gibson wont make big changes to the Waratahs game

Current Super Rugby champions the Waratahs have announced that assistant coach Daryl Gibson will be promoted to Head coach on a three year contract ahead of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

New Zealander Gibson has been Assistant Coach of the NSW Waratahs, under current coach Michael Cheika, since his appointment at the end of 2012.

Gibson has previous coaching experience with the Maori All Blacks, Glasgow Warriors and seven time Super Rugby champions the Crusaders.

Waratahs Rugby CEO Greg Harris said the integrity of the selection process was of the highest priority and that Daryl’s appointment would ensure that the transition at the end of the season would be a smooth one.

“Daryl has been an integral part of the creation of a culture which the club is now identified by, and his appointment will ensure that the players can build on the positive foundation which has been established by Michael Cheika.”

“Whilst this is Daryl’s first head coaching appointment he has played under, and coached with, several highly credentialed coaches including Wayne Smith, Steve Hansen, Todd Blackadder, and Robbie Deans,” Harris said.

“He brings an incredible wealth of football knowledge and experience to the position, and is very much a values and culture driven coach – which is what the selection panel was also very impressed with.”

Gibson said he was looking forward to building on the exceptional foundation created under current coach Michael Cheika.

“I’m very proud to be appointed to this role, it has been a privilege to coach under Michael and help him to create the club culture and identity over the past few seasons,” Gibson said.

“The selection process for this role has been extremely rigorous, and I’m really looking forward to working with Greg [Harris] to shore up our player roster and plan for the next three years.

“I’m very aware of the tasks we have in front of us to achieve success this season; so we will be sharing the focus on both current and future challenges.”

The 2015 season is Daryl Gibson’s third as Assistant Coach with the NSW Waratahs, following his highly successful playing and coaching career in New Zealand.

As an inside-centre, Daryl Gibson played 19 Tests for the New Zealand All Blacks between 1999 and 2002, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup. He made a team record 78 appearances for the Crusaders in Super 12 between 1996 and 2002, scoring 14 tries and winning four championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Debuting in June 1993, he went on to play 80 matches for Canterbury, claiming 35 tries and twice winning the New Zealand Provincial Championship in 1997 and 2001. As captain, he guided the team to the final in 2000.

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