Jono Gibbes: Ulster coach holds talks with La Rochelle
Gibbes has earlier expertise of High14 rugby after three seasons as forwards coach with Clermont Auvergne
Outgoing Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes has held talks with La Rochelle about taking cost of the French membership, Newpaper24 Sport understands.
He has already agreed to take cost of Waikato in his native New Zealand however might now stay in Europe as an alternative.
The High 14 facet say they hope to make an announcement within the close to future.
Ulster, who granted Gibbes’ request for an early launch from his contract for household causes, will host Ospreys in a European play-off on Sunday.
The winner will safe the seventh and last qualifying place from the Professional14 for the 2018-19 European Champions Cup.
Ulster couldn’t touch upon French media stories that Gibbes was being pursued by La Rochelle.
The previous Leinster and Clermont Auvergne forwards coach flew to the west coast of France throughout a relaxation day for the Ulster squad.
Gibbes, 41, was promoted to the position of head coach at Kingspan Stadium in January following the departure of director of rugby Les Kiss and led the facet to a four-match unbeaten run on the finish of the common season.
La Rochelle completed exterior the play-off locations within the High14 desk this season and are looking for a successor to Patrice Collazo, who stepped down after seven years in cost.
Source:: New paper 24 – Sports