Daryl Gibson was announced as the NSW Waratahs Head Coach in 2016 following the departure of Michael Cheika who took over as Wallabies Coach.

Gibson had been the Assistant Coach of the Waratahs, under Cheika, since his appointment at the end of 2012 following a highly successful playing and coaching career.

Gibson, whose educational background is in teaching, started his coaching career with the Glasgow Warriors before joining the Canterbury Crusaders as their Assistant coach from 2008.

As an inside-centre, Daryl Gibson played 19 Tests for the New Zealand All Blacks between 1999 and 2002, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup. He made a team record 78 appearances for the Crusaders in Super 12 between 1996 and 2002, scoring 14 tries and winning four championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.

Debuting in June 1993, he went on to play 80 matches for Canterbury, claiming 35 tries and twice winning the New Zealand Provincial Championship in 1997 and 2001. As captain, he guided the team to the final in 2000.


  • University of Canterbury: Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Phys Ed) – 1996
  • University of Canterbury: Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) – 2000
  • University of Canterbury: Masters of Education (M.Ed Dist) - 2001


Coaching History

  • Glasgow Warriors Backs Coach: 2007-08
  • Crusaders Assistant Coach: 2008-12
  • Maori All Blacks Assistant Coach: 2010-12
  • Waratahs Assistant Coach: 2013-2015


One of the New South Wales’ most capped players of all time, former Wallabies and NSW Waratahs centre Nathan Grey is now in his third year as Waratahs Assistant Coach after joining the coaching team ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.

Following his successful playing career, which included 94 state caps and 35 international caps, as well as two Rugby World Cup campaigns, Grey moved to Japan for a five year stint with Kyuden as player and coach.

In 2011, Grey was recruited to Melbourne’s new Super Rugby franchise, the Rebels, by the team’s founding coach Rod McQueen. He spent the inaugural season as skills coach before being promoted to assistant coach under Damien Hill.

Coaching History:

  • Kyuden Voltex Player/Coach (2005-10)
  • Rebels Assistant Coach (2011-13)
  • Waratahs Assistant Coach (2014-)


Chris Malone was recruited from Sydney Uni where he was the Head Coach of the Students’ first grade Shute Shield side since 2013.

Malone played with Sydney University in the Shute Shield from 1999-2001. In 2001 he captained Sydney University to their first Premiership title in 29 years.

At the completion of the 2001 season he moved to England where he was based at the Exeter Chiefs for seven months. He then had a five-year stint with Bath and four years based in London, where he played two seasons for Harlequins and two for London Irish.

Malone re-joined the Sydney University Club as High Performance Coach in June 2011 upon his return to Australia. He was then appointed Head Coach at the club in 2013 guiding the First Grade team to the Shute Shield Premiership that year.

Cam Blades commenced his role as the NSW Waratahs Assistant (Forwards) Coach ahead of the 2016 season.

Blades earned 46 caps for New South Wales during his playing career in the front row with the club from 1997-2001, playing one Test in 1997. He joined Scottish side Glasgow in the 2001-2002 season and played 22 matches for the club until his return to Australia in 2003.

Following his playing career, Blades transitioned into coaching roles with the Southern Districts, the Sydney Stars (NRC), and has most recently been part of the Australian Under 20s coaching team.

Under his guidance as Head Coach, the Southern Districts First Grade team made the Shute Shield Grand Final in 2012 for the first time ever, narrowly losing by a single point to Sydney University.

Able to play at tighthead, loosehead or as hooker in the front row, Blades was a scholarship holder with the Australian Institute of Sport Rugby Academy in his early playing days, and represented Australia at Under 21s level. He had a lengthy career in the Sydney club rugby system, playing more than 200 games in total for Gordon and Randwick.

Team Staff



Sam Cashman - Logistics Manager

Head Coach Daryl Gibson’s right-hand man, Sam is responsible for much of the day-to-day logistical operations of the Waratahs both at home and on tour. It’s his sixth year with the NSW Waratahs after having previously worked for the Australian Rugby Union.


Anthony Wakeling - High Performance Analyst

A former analyst with the Wallabies, ‘Mudge’ and his video camera joined the NSW Waratahs in 2008 to provide technical, analytical and statistical support to the whole team.


Jordan Troester - Head of Strength and Conditioning and Sports Science

Jordan joined the NSW Waratahs in late 2014 after a number of years at the Sparta Performance Science based in California. Previously an elite American football player, Jordan has a degree in Kinesiology.


John Dams - Head of Athletic Performance

Now in his second season with the NSW Waratahs, 'Damsy' studied a Bachelor of Physical Education degree at Otago University. John worked at Wellington Rugby for a number of years before making the move to Leicester Tigers from 2004 - 2008 where he met head coach Daryl Gibson. Before moving to Sydney, John was the Head of Performance at the Harlequins in London from 2005 - 2015.


David Garrick - Head Physiotherapist

David  joined the NSW Waratahs in October 2015. He is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist who graduated from Sydney University in 1999.  He has previously been Head Physiotherapist for Hong Kong Men’s National XV Team (2010-15), Hong Kong Scottish Rugby Club (2011-14) and Northern Tigers Football Club (2006-10), as well as working in two of Sydney’s leading sports medicine centres.


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