Gibson Appointed Crusaders Assistant

ImageGlasgow Warriors" Daryl Gibson will return to New Zealand this year having been appointed assistant coach of his former club Canterbury Crusaders.

Gibson, who played 78 games for the Crusaders from 1996 to 2002, will team up with former Edinburgh player/coach Todd Blackadder who was today named head coach of the Super XIV champions.

On his decision to leave Glasgow, Gibson told "I"m very grateful for the experience I"ve gained at Glasgow. I"ve learnt a lot in my year here.

"I"ve been made to feel very welcome by all the players, staff and supporters and I'd like to say a special thank you to those who have helped my family with the arrival of our triplets.

"Pre-season preparations have been going well and I believe Glasgow have very good prospects for next season."

Commenting about his new position which will see him take charge of the Crusaders" back division, Gibson added: 'this job hasn't come up in the last ten years so it is a huge opportunity for me to coach my first professional club.

"Also the desire to return home to New Zealand with my young family was a major pull."

Blackadder's new coaching team will be completed by current assistant coach Mark Hammett who will resume the role he has held since 2007, with responsibility for the forwards. Hammett was also a former Crusader.

Daryl will remain in Glasgow and be available for selection until further details of his departure have been confirmed.