Coach Gibson signs on for another year at the Waratahs

Daryl Gibson will coach the Waratahs until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season

Daryl Gibson will coach the Waratahs until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season

The Waratahs have given coach Daryl Gibson a one-year contract extension after their run to the Super Rugby semi-finals this year.

After missing out on the playoffs in the first two years under the New Zealander and finishing a miserable 16th in 2017, the Waratahs were knocked out in the semi-finals of this year's competition by South Africa's Lions last weekend.

"I really like that diversity he will bring to our coaching staff and the other really important aspect is he's a former Waratahs player", Gibson said.

"The job is not done yet but we are excited about what's to come".

The former All Blacks centre still has plenty of work to do to get the Sydney rugby public fully behind an inconsistent team which, despite being laden with Wallabies, mixed brief periods of brilliance with some poor performances this season.

Gibson, who has been in charge of the Sydney club for three seasons, will be assisted by former Wallabies scrumhalf Chris Whitaker as Chris Malone departs after three years.

He has spent two years as co-head of French club Montauban and had stints with Stade Francais and Irish club side Leinster.

Gibson was optimistic captain Michael Hooper and star backs Israel Folau and Bernard Foley would decide on their futures soon.

"The knowledge and experience you gain overseas is great but it is time for me to come home and contribute to the game and a state that has given so much to me and my family throughout my career", Whitaker said.

"Rugby in Australia is improving and I couldn't pass on the chance to help further develop and grow the potential we have here", Whttaker said.

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