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WRFU CEO Tony Giles is pleased to advise of the appointment of Daryl Gibson to the Board of Directors.

Gibson, current Head of High-Performance Coaching at High-Performance Sport NZ (HPSNZ), joins the Board as an Aspiring Director.

As a former All Black, Māori All Black, and NSW Waratahs Super Rugby Head Coach, Gibson offers a high-performance skillset of considerable value to the board. Holding double master’s degrees in his chosen fields of education, and sports; Gibson was previously a principal advisor for Māori Education at the Ministry of Education where he championed initiatives that empower Māori learners and fostered cultural understanding underscoring his commitment to inclusivity and equity. 

In his current HPSNZ role, Gibson is responsible for leading the coordination and delivery of the monitoring and evaluation of HPSNZ’s Strategic HP Coaching Pathway programme initiatives that provide targeted coach education courses to 46 National Sporting Organisations.           

Gibson says “This is such a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the Wellington rugby community and give back to the game, while also gaining valuable governance experience and mentoring from the current board members.

“I’m so grateful that the Wellington board have the foresight to help grow governance leaders and I’m delighted to be involved during an important time in the reshaping of NZ rugby.”

WRFU Deputy Chair, Catherine Rossiter-Stead says “As a Union we are focused on the future of rugby and are committed to developing capability within the sport in Aotearoa.

“Wellington is delighted to be able to provide Daryl with an opportunity to gain experience around our board table. Daryl has demonstrated a strong commitment to learn about governance and how he can play a role in governing the sport we all love.

“It’s these unique opportunities that help develop the robust governance skills that our future leaders will need to take rugby forward in an ever changing and challenging sporting environment.

“It goes without saying, that we are also delighted to have an opportunity, as a board, to learn from the invaluable high-performance perspective that Daryl will bring to the table.”

Gibson will commence his non-executive tenure from the next WRFU Board meeting schedule for June 18.