Super Rugby: Changing of the guard – Daryl Gibson to coach Waratahs

The worst kept secret in Australian rugby was today made official. Daryl Gibson will replace Michael Cheika as head coach of the NSW Waratahs. Gibson will take over the reins on a three-year deal from 2016 and is confident he can uphold the identity the defending premiers have carved for themselves under Cheika. “Michael has made it clear that part of his legacy is leaving our organisation in really excellent shape. I think through the appointment of myself and being an internal candidate, we can achieve that,” Gibson said. “Our coaching styles are very different but our commitment to our principles, the blueprint that we’ve laid down and being a vision based organisation won’t change." With 25 current players off contract next year and the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Sekope Kepu and Wycliff Palu all heading overseas, Gibson was quick to point out that retention was his main priority moving forward. “We are firmly in retention mode, while having a real firm eye on ke
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