Jono Gibbes

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Jono Gibbes
Full name Jonathan Brian Gibbes
Date of birth (1977-01-22) 22 January 1977 (age 38)
Place of birth Henderson, New Zealand
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight 112 kilograms (17 st 9 lb)
Rugby union career
Current status
Position(s) Forwards coach
current team Clermont Auvergne
Playing career
Position Flanker, Lock
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Waikato 64
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2007 Chiefs 68
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)

2004-2005
Māori All Blacks
New Zealand

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Jonathan Brian Gibbes (born 22 January 1977) is the forwards coach of Clermont Auvergne in France and 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 plays at the position of Blindside Flanker, or No.6, but has also played at Lock. Due to his height of 194 cm, he has often been overlooked by the All Black selectors for being too short for an international class lock.

Weighing in at 109 kg, Gibbes's career has been plagued by injury. Nonetheless his line-out jumping skills are more than 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. During the match, which was played at Waikato and Chiefs home ground of Waikato Stadium, Gibbes was on the ground clearly suffering from cramp but miraculously staggered to his feet to make a try-saving tackle.

On 13 June 2006, it was announced that Gibbes would be joining the Ospreys in Wales. On 6 September 2006 however, the NZRU and Waikato announced that he has signed a new three year contract with them. The 2007 season saw Gibbes remain in New Zealand and continue with the Chiefs, with injury again affecting his availability.

In July 2008 it was announced that Gibbes had been appointed as Forwards Coach of Leinster Rugby in Ireland.[1]

Gibbes is also infamous for the quote: "Nobody in Rugby should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.".[2]

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