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Jono Gibbes refuses to rule out La Rochelle move after Ulster exit


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Pic: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Jono Gibbes Pic: INPHO/Bryan Keane
Lift off: Jacob Stockdale goes over spectacularly for a crucial Ulster try
Craig Gilroy sent the side on their way back to Europe
Departing coach Jonno Gibbes' destination remains unclear
Jonathan Bradley

By Jonathan Bradley

Departing Ulster coach Jono Gibbes has refused to rule out a move to La Rochelle.

The Kiwi is due to return home to deal with a family matter and take over at Waikato but was seen in France on Thursday and could not deny he will be at the Top 14 side next year.

"Next season, I don't know categorically the answer to that," he replied, after his Ulster side secured Champions Cup rugby for next season with a convincing 35-17 victory over Ospreys at Kingspan Stadium on Sunday.

"To be fair, I just wanted to do my part here the best I can and pay back the support I've had from Ulster, the people in the organisation who have backed me up.

"I've been treated really well, supported really well. There have been massive challenges on and off the field but I do believe there's enough of the right people here to take it forward."

Ulster deserved play-off win, vital in terms of prestige and revenue, came thanks to a brace of scores from Craig Gilroy either side of half-time and further tries from Jacob Stockdale and Kieran Treadwell as the hosts finished emphatically after a struggle in the first quarter.

Ulster won despite requiring two late changes to the side after Charles Piutau, in what would have been his last game for the province, and Ross Kane pulled up in the warm-up, while Callum Black and Louis Ludik were both injured in the first-half.

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