Jonathan Brian Gibbes is the current director of rugby at La Rochelle. He is the former forwards coach of Leinster in Ireland and Clermont Auvergne in France while also serving as head coach of Ulster in Ireland. He is also a former New Zealand rugby union player who captained Waikato, the Chiefs and the Māori All Blacks, and appeared in various All Blacks teams. Gibbes traditionally played at the position of Blindside Flanker, or No.6, but has also played at Lock. Due to his height of 194 cm, he was overlooked by the All Black selectors for being too short for an international class lock. Weighing 109 kg, Gibbes's career was plagued by injury. Nonetheless his line-out jumping skills were impressive, and under the guidance of John Mitchell was selected as captain of the Waikato NPC team in 2003. Despite various appearances for the All Blacks, Gibbes highest career achievement was captaining the NZ Maori to their first ever victory over the British Lions 19–13.
About Jono Gibbes
New Zealand rugby player most famous for leading the New Zealand Maori to its first-ever victory over the British Lions. In 2009, he became the forwards coach at Leinster Rugby.
He was born in the Auckland suburb of Henderson.
He is famous for the immortal quote: "Nobody in rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."
He married a woman named Marina.
He has coached forward Richardt Strauss at Leinster Rugby.
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