New Zealand's Chris Gibbes to look after the Ospreys forwards
Last Updated: 18/06/13 10:10pm
Chris Gibbes: Will team up with the Ospreys
The Ospreys have appointed New Zealander Chris Gibbes as their new forwards coach for next season.
Gibbes has been head coach of Waikato for the past four seasons, guiding them to the Ranfurly Shield last year.
Gibbes has also worked with Japan and Georgia, while he has been the New Zealand Under-20s assistant coach at the IRB Junior World Championship in France.
However he has now been released from his contract with the Waikato Rugby Union to join the Ospreys.
Gibbes told the official Ospreys site: "This is a very exciting opportunity for me to work with the Ospreys.
"I've spoken to everybody there and it's an exciting time for the organisation so I'm pleased to be a part of it. I'm really looking forward to a new challenge and testing myself in a different environment, in two big competitions, the Heineken Cup and PRO12.
"I'll be in Wales in the first week of August, a month before the first competitive game of the new season, so it's a pretty big month for me to make sure we can hit the ground running.
"There's a quality group of players for me to work with, just look at the five forwards the Ospreys have on the Lions tour at the moment.
"There are also some good youngsters coming through that I can hopefully help to develop over the coming seasons. I can't wait to get stuck into it."