NSW Waratahs Coaching Team
Born 4 March, 1967, Sydney
NSW Waratahs Coaching Debut: 2013
Other Coaching Roles: Petrarca Rugby Padova (coach, 2000), Randwick (head coach second grade 2002, first grade 2003-05), Leinster (head coach, 2005-10), Stade Francais (head coach, 2011-12)
Born in Sydney, 45-year-old Michael Cheika took over as the Waratahs’ Head Coach in October 2012, returning to his home state after leading Irish Province Leinster to Heineken Cup glory and spending two seasons as director of rugby with French Top 14 side Stade Français.
An Australian U21 and NSW representative, the former Randwick No. 8 made 212 first grade appearances for the club, winning seven Premiership titles in a 14-year playing career, before adding another title as coach in 2004. In May 2005, Cheika replaced Declan Kidney as Head Coach of Leinster, where he stayed for five years, leading the Province to a first ever Heineken Cup Victory. He and has already instilled a hard work ethic and clear team identity that will become the foundations of future success.
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Born 16 December, 1946, Sydney
NSW Waratahs Coaching Debut: 1997
Other Coaching Roles: Randwick (coach, 1984-96), NSW Waratahs (assistant coach, 1997-99), Leinster (backs coach, 2000-02), Munster (head coach, 2002-05), Australia (assistant coach, 2005-2006); Saracens (director of rugby, 2006-08), Leinster (technical consultant, 2008-10), Ireland (backs coach, 2008-11)
The 2013 season is Alan Gaffney's second consecutive season with the NSW Waratahs and fourth year in total. Well known to Michael Cheika, Gaffney served as his assistant during his second stint at Leinster, when the pair achieved Heineken Cup victory. A life member of Randwick Rugby Club, Gaffney coached them for more than a decade, whilst also holding various roles including coach of the NSW Under-21s and assistant coach of the Waratahs. A highly accomplished and former Celtic League, Celtic Cup, Heineken Cup, Six Nations and Grand Slam-winning coach, Gaffney has also served with the Wallabies and Ireland, whom he worked with through to RWC 2011.
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Born 2 March 1975, Lumsden NZ
NSW Waratahs Coaching Debut: 2013
Other Coaching Roles: Crusaders (assistant coach, 2008-12), Maori All Blacks (assistant coach 2010, 2012), Glasgow Warriors (backs coach 2007-08)
Former All Black centre and Crusaders’ assistant coach Daryl Gibson joined the NSW Waratahs’ coaching team in November 2012, bringing with him a wealth of international coaching and playing experience. In 2011, Gibson helped guide the Crusaders to the Super Rugby final, securing semi-finals places in 2009, 2010 and 2012. His appointment brings a fresh voice and a new approach to Australian coaching, with his specific skills in the continuity of attack and around the ruck, as well as Super Rugby experience, major factors in his appointment.
Prior to moving into coaching, Gibson played 19 Tests for All Blacks from 1999-2002, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup. In a six-year playing career, he made a team record 78 appearances for the Crusaders in Super 12 and won four championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
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Born 24 July 1970, Gosford
Playing career: St Josephs College, GPS, NSW Schoolboys, Australian Schoolboys, Eastwood, NSW Under 21s, Emerging Wallabies, Randwick, , Australian Hong Kong 7s representative, Wallabies (1992-1993), NSW Waratahs (1992-1996), NSW Country, Sydney University, Narrabri Blue Boars, Classic Wallabies.
Tim Kelaher joined the NSW Waratahs in May 2013 in the newly-created role of Chief Scout. Underlining the NSW Waratahs’ commitment to the long-term development of home-grown talent, Kelaher is responsible for implementing and overseeing a state-wide recruitment network that will target the most talented players from across NSW, from the age of 16 upwards.
Born in Gosford, he is the nephew of legendary NSW winger, Jack ‘Jockey’ Kelaher, who earned 17 caps for the NSW Waratahs from 1932-39 and scored 17 tries. A former Wallaby fullback, Tim earned three Test caps in 1992 and 1993. In a five-year career with the Waratahs, he represented NSW on 29 occasions from 1992-96, scoring 102 points and playing in every position from 12 to 15.
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