Former Leinster Player Joins Wallabies Coaching Staff Ahead Of Rugby World Cup

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Outgoing Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson says it's time for someone else to take the squad through their next stage of development.

Super Rugby semi-finalists and Australian conference winners previous year, the Waratahs finished 12th on the ladder in 2019 after winning only three of their last eight games without the suspended and subsequently sacked Folau.

With Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Nick Phipps, Sekope Kepu and Tatafu Polota-Nau all likely to be off or already confirmed departures at the end of the season, the new coach will have something of a rebuilding job to do.

"I'm proud to have served as head coach for that period, this is now a wonderful opportunity for someone to bring the next generation of young players through and really own that process for the next three or four years". Gibson recorded 10th and 12th-placed finishes in the following two years, before reaching the semifinals after topping the Australian conference in 2018.

"I'm disappointed to see him go, to be honest", said New South Wales Rugby chief executive Andrew Hore.

Fined $1300 and suspended from driving for three months after pleading guilty to mid-range drink-driving, the Wallabies hooker this week was hit with a $5000 breach notice by Rugby Australia and banned for four matches.

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The Waratahs are yet to confirm who will take over as coach.

A list of other potential local replacements appears to be short in number however, leaving the Waratahs looking overseas to fill a role they had originally earmarked Cron for.

"I just want to add wherever I can to the coaching team around me".

Sure, the results don't always fall where you'd like them to.

He was at the helm for more than 60 Super Rugby fixtures and played an integral part, as assistant, in helping the team win the 2014 title.

In addition to the Folau firestorm, Gibson and the Waratahs had to contend with Latu's drink-driving drama.

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