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.
Chris Malone was recruited from Sydney Uni in 2015 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, captaining them Sydney to their first Premiership title in 29 years in 2001.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.In 2015, Malone was appointed as the Wallabies kicking coach, playing his part in the Wallabies’ run to the Rugby World Cup Final.
Simon Cron has joined the NSW Waratahs for the 2018 season, taking over the role as assistant coach and specifically looking after the forwards portfolio.Having been involved with rugby as a player or a coach a majority of his life, Cron has played over 130 Division One games playing with, or against, some of the best rugby players in New Zealand for the Canterbury Rugby Club. He played four years for Canterbury Metro including captaining the side in his final year.Winning premierships in 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2004, Cron played his final season as in 2005 before heading to Sydney at the beginning of 2006.Cron was used as a skills and breakdown coach at Norths in the Shute Shield as well as head coach of the 7s program. After winning the four competitions with his highly successful 7’s side, he went on to assume an assistant coaching role with Easts’ first grade side before returning to Northern Suburbs in the top role.Under Cron’s guise, Northern Suburbs took out the premiership in 2016, the team claiming their first title in 41 years. Cron nearly took them there a second time in 2017, only losing to eventual premiers Warringah in the grand final by five points.Also the head coach of the semi-finalist side Sydney Rays in the 2016 NRC, Cron was appointed as Australian U20’s head coach for their 2017 campaign in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Recent Coaching History
Sam Cashman - Logistics Manager
Starting with the NSW Waratahs back in 2012, Sam works hard behind the scenes managing the day-to-day logistics and operations of the team at home and on tour.Prior to his time at the Tahs, Sam was the Wallabies’ Assistant Manager for four seasons, culminating with the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.Coming from a strong rugby background, his life in rugby started as a ball-boy at the ripe old age of five for Shute Shield side, Northern Suburbs, a side that he went on to play for and share a strong family connection with.
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.
David Garrick - Head Physiotherapist
David joined the NSW Waratahs in October of 2015. He is an APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist who graduated from Sydney University in 1999. He completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2008. 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.