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Sport24.co.za | Waratahs extend coach Gibson's contract




2019-02-12 10:46

Sydney – Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2020 season.

Since joining the Waratahs in
2013, Gibson has become part of the New South Wales fabric, taking over
the head coach role in 2016 and helping the ‘Tahs achieve one of their
best seasons on record last year.

With a passion for building
home grown talent, Gibson’s extension will see him equal Ewen McKenzie’s
record as longest serving head coach of the Waratahs, providing
great stability and consistency within the ranks.

NSW Rugby Union
CEO, Andrew Hore, said Gibson worked hard over the years to develop
the systems and process that will benefit their rugby for a long time to
come.

“We are really pleased to have Daryl staying on board until the end of 2020,” Hore told the Waratahs’ official website.

“Daryl
has been a big driver in opening up our players and support staff to
importance of giving back to the grassroots and helping reinvest in the
game at the community level. He’s instilled purpose and identify in all
that our players and support staff do.

“For Daryl, the focus has
been on putting the structures and systems in place to not only bring
through the younger talent, but invest in coaching and support staff.

“It
hasn’t been all smooth sailing over the years, but I’m a firm believer
that during the ‘dark times’ comes great learnings and Daryl has been
able to ensure we have better systems and processes in place that will
continue to develop our game in New South Wales.

“It is great for
our State to have him with us until the end of 2020, but more than
that, we can already see first hand the legacy he is building to ensure
the game is in good hands for the long term.”

Gibson said he is excited to be staying with NSW Rugby through to 2020 and is excited for the next two seasons.

“It is a real privilege to continue to serve NSW rugby for another season,” said Gibson.

“I’ve
been very open that I want to bring the next generation through as well
as bed down the systems we have been working hard to put in place to
keep our best rugby talent in the game.

“NSW Rugby has been very
focused also on coach development and I want to also look to cement the
coaching team and support staff we have built and who have bought into
our vision for rugby in New South Wales.

“We have some great people
in our ranks and I am excited to be working with them and hopefully
delivering some more great results as we build towards the future,” he
said.

The Waratahs’ 2019 Super Rugby campaign kicks
off on Saturday at Brookvale Oval against the Hurricanes.



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