Daryl Gibson joins Waratahs as attacking coach

RICHARD KNOWLER
Last updated 15:42 19/11/2012
Daryl Gibson
Fairfax NZ
DARYL GIBSON: "I'm impressed with the environment we're trying to create at the Waratahs."

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Former Crusaders' backs coach Daryl Gibson has joined the New South Wales Waratahs' coaching staff.

Gibson, who recently resigned from the Crusaders after being demoted from backline to defence coach, will join new Waratahs' head coach Michael Cheika ahead of next year's Super Rugby campaign.

The former All Blacks and Crusaders midfielder will be responsible for the team's attacking skills and continuity play.

"I was attracted to the role by Michael Cheika's vision for the team,'' Gibson said.

"His passion and commitment to turning the Waratahs into a winning team made it an easy choice. When you get a group of people committed to being better everyday then winning becomes a by-product.

"The Waratahs under-performed last season and I know from Michael the players are working very hard at the moment so they can earn the respect of the fans.''

Gibson also spoke of the requirement for the Waratahs to "re-connect'' to their local fans and added he would not be sending his family to Australia if "I didn't believe in the people charged with that responsibility''.

It is no surprise that Cheika, who had previously been coaching in Europe and has replaced Michael Foley following his disastrous one-season campaign as boss of the Sydney team, has recruited a New Zealander to assist him.

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The Christchurch Press had previously reported that Cheika had been in New Zealand last month to speak to a clutch of prospective assistants - including Gibson, Aaron Mauger and Leon MacDonald.

Gibson is currently on tour of the United Kingdom as Jamie Joseph's assistant with the Maori All Blacks team.

He will join the Waratahs next month and will also work along side Alan Gaffney who is also a member of Cheika's coaching staff.

Gaffney will be in charge of the attack from set plays, as well as working with the forwards.

Cheika will manage the team's defence

- Fairfax Media

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