Clermont: it’s official for Gibbes who will succeed Azéma

Clermont has, unsurprisingly, formalized the arrival this summer of Jono Gibbes as successor to Franck Azéma. The current sports director of La Rochelle has signed up for three years.

End of the meager suspense. Jono Gibbes will indeed succeed Franck Azéma this summer in Clermont. The Auvergne club unsurprisingly formalized the information on Thursday. As indicated last week by RMC Sport, the current sports director of La Rochelle is committed for three years.

A return to Auvergne

Several tracks were studied (from Guy Novès to Olivier Magne via British technicians) but quickly it was the New Zealander who established himself as the priority of the Jaunards.

Gibbes will return to Auvergne, a region he knows well. He is indeed a former member of the Auvergne house. From 2014 to 2017, the New Zealander was in charge of the forwards. He then coached Ulster, returned home and in 2018 took the direction of La Rochelle, current second in the Top 14 and qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions Cup against Leinster on May 2. Within the maritime club, he will have worked with Xavier Garbajosa then the Irishman Ronan O’Gara.

For Clermont and its president Jean-Michel Guillon, who succeeded Eric de Cromières, it is a nice blow which adds to the signatures of the second line Argentine international Tomas Lavanini and the Irish opener JJ Hanrahan.

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