23 Jul 2008

Gibbes off to coach in Ireland

12:33 pm on 23 July 2008

Just a day after announcing his retirmenet from rugby, the Chiefs lock Jono Gibbes has signed a two-year deal as the new forwards coach of Irish club Leinster.

The former Waikato, Chiefs and New Zealand Maori captain will link up with the Irish province at the end of the month having represented the All Blacks on eight occasions.

Having completed Level 2 New Zealand Rugby Union coaching principles courses in New Zealand, Gibbes believes his real coaching qualifications have come from working with some of the best practitioners in the game such as John Mitchell, Warren Gatland and of course Steve Hansen.