Daryl Gibson
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Daryl Gibson

Daryl Gibson
Birth nameDaryl Peter Earl Gibson
Date of birth (1975-03-02) 2 March 1975 (age 45)
Place of birthLumsden, New Zealand
SchoolChristchurch Boys' High School
UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
Christchurch College of Education
Notable relative(s)Justin Marshall (cousin)
Occupation(s)Professional rugby union coach
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
All Black No. 985
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 7 May 2007
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
Canterbury 80
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
1996-2002 Crusaders 77 (75)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)


Teams coached
Years Team
Glasgow Warriors (Backs Coach)
Crusaders (Assistant)
M?ori All Blacks (Assistant)
NSW Waratahs (Assistant)
NSW Waratahs
Samoa (Technical Advisor)
Fiji (Assistant)

Daryl Peter Earl Gibson (born 2 March 1975) is an international rugby coach and former New Zealand rugby union footballer. He played for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby and represented his country with the All Blacks. After success as assistant coach with the Waratahs side when they won the 2014 Super Rugby Championship, Gibson replaced Michael Cheika as head Coach of the team in 2015.[1]

Early life

Gibson was born in Lumsden, New Zealand and grew up in Te Anau, before shifting to Christchurch where he attended Christchurch Boys High School.[2]

Playing career

Gibson played for Canterbury and The Crusaders from 1993-2002 where he made a combined 168 appearances for the team that went on to win four Super Rugby crowns during that time. The internationally renowned centre also earned 19 caps for the New Zealand All Blacks. Between 1996 and 2001, Gibson represented New Zealand M?ori 12 times.[3][4]

Moving to the northern hemisphere Gibson played for Bristol Bears (21 caps), Leicester Tigers (92 caps) and Glasgow Warriors (18 caps) before moving into coaching.

Coaching career

Gibson started his coaching career as a player and part-time backs coach with Glasgow Warriors, while in Glasgow, Gibson welcomed the arrival of his triplets Indy, Oscar and Finley.


In 2008 he returned home to his former Club the Canterbury Crusaders, this time as the Assistant Coach from 2008-2012. During Gibson's time the Crusaders progressed through to the semi final on four occasions and finished runners up in 2011, after an incredible year where the team played no home games because of the Christchurch earthquakes.

Gibson was also the Assistant Coach to the national Maori All Blacks side during 2010-2012. Alongside Head Coach Jamie Joseph. In 2010, the centenary series of 100 years of Maori rugby, the team had successful games against visiting teams Ireland and England.

NSW Waratahs

Moving to Sydney in 2013, Gibson joined the NSW Waratahs. His first 2 seasons were transition years as the team roster welcomed a host of young players as established players departed overseas. In 2018, Gibson lead the Waratahs to the semi finals vs the Lions. In 2019 a promising start to the season was overshadowed by events surrounding star player Israel Folau.


Gibson is a qualified Physical Education teacher, has degrees in Commerce and Education. Gibson is currently completing his second master's degree. His research at Sydney University with his thesis entitled: "Coach Approach through losing streaks". It examines how the elite coaches in Australian Football League (AFL), National Rugby League (NRL) and Rugby Union, lead their teams through challenging situations of losing.

His education qualifications include: Masters of Education with Distinction (MEd Dist) (University of Canterbury), Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) (University of Canterbury), Bachelor of Education (BEd Phys Ed) (University of Canterbury), Diploma of Teaching (Dip. TCH) (Christchurch College of Education)


Gibson is married to Liana, and has four children including triplets Indy, Oscar and Finley.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Cotter confirms Fiji coaching line-up". RNZ. 17 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ Harris, Bret (1 January 2016). "Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson relishes challenge of replacing 'Check'". The Australian. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Jamie Joseph to coach NZ Maori with Daryl Gibson assistant". AllBlacks.com. New Zealand Rugby. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Daryl Gibson #985". AllBlacks.com. New Zealand Rugby. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Pandaram, Jamie (4 April 2015). "Fighting spirit lies in triplets and a mum". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2020.

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