Super Rugby Australia
Fixtures & Results
South African Conference
Australian Rugby Sites
Australian Super Rugby
Australian Sevens Rugby
Super Rugby Squad
Waratahs Team Song
Match Day Info
Fixtures & Results
2013 Super Rugby Draw
Where to watch
HSBC World of Rugby
Waratahs Lions Jersey Form
HSBC Waratahs Shop details
Tahs Together Events
Tahs Junior Clinics
Player Appearances and Charity Requests
Junior Rugby Member Cards FAQ
Our Vision and Values
Waratahs and The Community
Board of Directors
HSBC Waratahs Home
2012 Team Management
Born in Sydney, 45-year-old Michael Cheika moved into coaching at the end of a playing career that saw him play over 300 games for the famous Randwick club. In 14 seasons with the Galloping Greens, he won seven Shute Shield Premiership titles between 1985 and 1999, captaining the side in his last two seasons. The tough No. 8 made 212 first grade appearances and is the club’s sixth most capped player of all time. In June 1988, he played alongside the likes of David Campese, David Knox, Gary Ella and Ewen McKenzie and Simon Poidevin as Randwick took on the touring All Blacks in what has since been described as one of the most memorable rugby matches ever played in Australia.
As well as playing for Australia U21s (1988) and representing NSW on their spring tour of the UK in 1997, Cheika played in Europe, representing French Division 1 side Castres Olympique (1989/90 and 1990/91) and Division 2 outfit CASG Paris (1991/92) before spending two seasons on the Tuscany Coast with Rugby Livorno, where he played alongside David Knox, between 1992 and 1994. In 1993 he represented an Italian Selection XV against the All Blacks.
Hanging up his boots in 1999, Cheika began his coaching career at Padova, where he spent a year as head coach of Series A side Petrarca Rugby, before returning to take charge at Randwick in 2001. His three year tenure with the Galloping Greens culminated in the club achieving both first and second grade Premiership titles in 2004.
In May 2005, Cheika replaced Declan Kidney as Head Coach of Leinster, where he stayed for five years, overhauling the squad and leading the Province to a first ever Heineken Cup Victory.
In his first season he took Leinster to a Heineken Cup semi–final, losing 30-6 to eventual champions Munster at Lansdowne Road.
Despite failing to qualify from their Heineken Cup pool in 2007/08, Leinster ended the season as Celtic League champions for the first time since 2001. Sealing the title with a six-try 41–8 victory over Newport Gwent Dragons in front of a sell-out crowd at their new home, the RDS Arena, the title was Cheika's first trophy as Leinster coach. The following season, Leinster topped their Heineken Cup pool and went on to overcome Harlequins at the Stoop, a match famous for the ‘Bloodgate Scandal’, before overcoming their underdog status to topple Munster 25–6 in the Croke Park semi-final. Watched by a crowd of over 82,200, the match broke the world record attendance for a club rugby union game. Their 19-16 final victory over English Premiership champions Leicester Tigers at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium saw the Province claim its first every European crown. Included among Cheika’s coaching team that year was former Randwick head coach and HSBC Waratahs assistant coach Alan Gaffney, while the team’s on field efforts were helped by a man of the match performance from Rocky Elsom and a drop goal from inspirational Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll.
When he left for Stade Français in June 2010, the club was known as the market leader. Having overhauled the club’s entire rugby operations, from the training facilities and techniques, to the team’s player recruitment and retention policies, the club’s strong identity was reflected in a 400% increase in season ticket holders.
After two seasons as director of rugby with French Top 14 side Stade Français, Cheika returns to his home state and will officially take charge of the HSBC Waratahs on October 1, 2012.
Married to Stephanie, he is also a successful businessman. In 2001 he set up fashion distribution company Live Fashion, opening a worldwide distribution network three years later. Founded on the same three fundamental disciplines of his coaching success; leadership, management and technical expertise, in 2010 when he sold the company, it employed 20 staff across Sydney London and Hong Kong. He remains on the board of directors.
16.12.46, Sydney NSW
Waratahs Assistant Coaching Debut:
Other Coaching Roles:
Coach, Randwick (1984-1996); Assistant Coach, HSBC Waratahs (1997-1999); Backs Coach, Leinster (2000-2002); Head Coach, Munster (2002-2005); Assistant Coach, Australia (2005); Director of Rugby, Saracens (2006-2008); Technical Consultant, Leinster (2008-2010); Backs Coach, Ireland (2008-2011)
The 2013 season will be Alan Gaffney's second as assistant coach of the HSBC Waratahs. Well known to Michael Cheika, Gaffney served as Cheika's assistant during his second stint at Leinster, when the pair guided the Irish Province to Heineken Cup victory. A life member of Randwick Rugby Club in Sydney, Gaffney served as their coach for more than a decade. During that period, he held various roles including coach of the NSW Under-21s and assistant coach of the Waratahs from 1997 to 1999. His move to Leinster was a success, winning the Celtic League in 2001/02 and making the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup the same season.
He moved to Munster in 2002 and took the reins for three more three successful seasons winning the Celtic League, Celtic Cup and two-time semi-finalists in the Heineken Cup. In the summer of 2005, he took the position of backs coach of Australia, leaving them in 2005 to coach Saracens in the Guinness Premiership and leading them to the semi-final of the Heineken Cup.
He returned to Leinster at Cheika's request in 2008 as a technical consultant, at the same time assuming the role of backs coach for Ireland through to RWC 2011.
2.3.75, Lumsden NZ
Waratahs Assistant Coaching Debut
Other Coaching Roles
: Assistant Coach, Crusaders (2008-2012); Assistant Coach, Maori All Blacks (2010, 2012); Backs Coach, Glasgow Warriors (2007/08).
As an inside centre, Daryl Gibson played 19 Tests for the New Zealand All Blacks between 1999 and 2002, including the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
Daryl made a team record 78 appearances for the Crusaders in Super 12 between 1996 and 2002, scoring 14 tries and winning four championships in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2002.
After making his debut in June 1993, he went on to play 80 matches for Canterbury, claiming 35 tries and twice winning the New Zealand Provincial Championship in 1997 and 2001. As captain, he guided the team to the final in 2000.
Daryl appeared in all five games for the New Zealand Maori on their 1998 tour of Scotland and was called in to the New Zealand Barbarians’ side that played England at Twickenham in December 2003.
He left the Crusaders to join the Bristol Shoguns in 2002, moving to Leicester Tigers at the end of 2003 following Bristol’s relegation. He played over 90 games for Leicester, winning the Guinness Premiership title in 2006/7 with a 44-15 win over Gloucester and making the finals on several other occasions. At the start of the 2007/8 season he moved north to play for Glasgow Warriors in the Magners League, where he was a player as well as a backs coach
Sam is responsible for much of the day-to-day logistical operations of the Waratahs both at home and on tour, having previously worked for the Australian Rugby Union.
Having spent four years with the squad, Jasmin co-ordinates the daily program and takes care of all the squad's match logistics.
High Performance Analyst
A former analyst with the Wallabies, ‘Mudge’ joined the Waratahs in 2008 to provide technical, analytical and statistical support to the whole team.
DR SHARRON FLAHIVE
Chief Medical Officer
Sharron is the longest serving member of the Waratahs staff, having served as chief medical officer and team doctor for more than a decade.
Formerly working with Sydney University and the Junior Waratahs, Keiran joined the squad as head physiotherapist ahead of the 2009 Super 14 season.
Athletic Development Manager
Heading up the S&C program, Haydn brings much expertise having previously worked for the Western Force, ARU and London Broncos RLFC.
Strength & Conditioning Coach
A former England Sevens player, Tom plays first grade for Randwick as well as preparing the Waratahs squad in the gym.
Joining the medical team in 2012, Kim brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked with elite athletes from soccer, cricket, rugby league and swimming
A former England rugby player and a communications professional, Nicki joined the team last year and handles all the media requirements.
Visit the Store
Fixtures & Results
Become a sponsor
© Copyright 2012 NSW Rugby   |