that got you here didn't it.. ha
Former Waikato Captain and stalwart Jono Gibbes has been appointed as the new head coach of Waikato for the 2018 Mitre 10 Cup.
Gibbes, 41, will return to New Zealand at the conclusion of the Guinness PRO 14 season in Europe, where he is currently the Head Coach of Ulster.
After leaving New Zealand at the end of 2008, Gibbes moved to Europe where he was appointed as the forwards coach of Leinster Rugby. During his time at Leinster Rugby he helped coach the side to three Heineken Cup titles.
In 2014 Gibbes joined the coaching team at French side Clermont Auvergne, helping to guide them to a Top 14 title in 2017. From there, Gibbes moved back to Ireland to become Head Coach of Ulster Rugby.
Jono Gibbes said “For me, it is an honour to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous Waikato coaches, who all contributed to the proud history of the province. With the opportunity comes the responsibility to do the colours justice. That has to be the first objective for myself and for the 2018 team.”
Waikato CEO Blair Foote said “The Waikato Rugby Union is very pleased to announce Jono Gibbes as the new Head Coach of the Mitre 10 Cup team for the 2018 season. He brings a wealth of experience and successful coaching knowledge to the position gained over the last 10 years in the European competitions, and being a former player for the province, he also brings an understanding of the pride and passion playing in a red, yellow and black jersey requires.
It is great to have a coach of his caliber rejoining the Waikato set up, and we look forward to working with Jono as he puts his unique stamp on the Mitre 10 Cup in 2018 and beyond.”
Jono Gibbes was Waikato cap number 972 and played a total of 64 games for Waikato between 2000 and 2007
I was happy to read this news when the email came through. Botherway had to go.
Do Waikato play Wellington this year? That would mean that the brothers Gibbes face eachother.
Yes, a home game for Waikato.
Any inside info on who the assistant coaches will be? Will Randle and Hoeft still be involved or is this a clean start?
thought there would have been a full announcement about the make up but i know Hoeft is gone - he's with the Chiefs solely now as I understand it.
Nice capture by the great unwashed south of the border range. Jono's resume would normally have him catapulted into higher honours.
He was interviewed for the Wallabies vacant forwards coaching role I read the other day, obvisouly he didn’t get/take that role.
Edit: actually no he wasn’t, fake news
I was just reading this:
Greg Cooper has joined the Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars as head coach with former Highlanders and All Blacks prop Carl Hoeft as his assistant. The Dynaboars play in the Top Challenge League - the second tier of Japanese professional rugby - and are based in Sagamihira in the Kanagawa prefecture, 47km from Tokyo. Their squad includes ex-All Black Walter Little's son, Michael, a midfield back currently playing for the Sunwolves Super Rugby team and former Ta$man and Northland five-eighth Daniel Hawkins.
Speaking of AB greats coaching sides - Waikatos new coach