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Jono Gibbes takes charge at Waikato despite La Rochelle links


Jono Gibbes

Former Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes is back in New Zealand and all geared up to take charge at Waikato Rugby, despite his previous talks with La Rochelle.

The Kiwi's future formed an end-of-season saga as he travelled to France for talks with the Top 14 side just three days before Ulster's crunch Champions Cup play-off win over Ospreys.

However, his home club Waikato seem confident that issue is resolved, tweeting a picture of their new head coach alongside assistants Nathan White and Roger Randle at FMG Stadium Waikato.


Gibbes had taken charge of Ulster following Les Kiss' January exit but it was confirmed just a few weeks later that he would return to his native land to be be closer to an undisclosed family situation and would take charge of his home club.

That was all plunged into doubt when, following his talks with La Rochelle, Gibbes refused to deny that he could be back in the northern hemisphere next season.

"Next season, I don't know categorically the answer to that," he said.


Ulster have announced the appointment of Scotland assistant coach Dan McFarland as their new head coach. It is as yet unclear whether he will take control this summer or in January, after his notice is served with the SRFU.

Belfast Telegraph