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Why Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson had to go

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Before the season started, Daryl Gibson sat down for an hour and set out his priorities, as a coach and a father.

He told me he wanted to stay at the Waratahs. One more year would be enough to see some of the special youngsters he believes are in the NSW system come through. He threw up a few names – Will Harris, Ben Donaldson, Will Harrison – that Australian rugby fans would come to know through the exploits of the Australian under-20s.

His own kids were on his mind, too.

Time to go: Daryl Gibson watches on as Waratahs boss Andrew Hore addresses the media in the wake of the coach's departure.Credit:Brook Mitchell

Rugby coaches are painfully aware that the careers they have chosen can be volatile and disruptive for their children, but another year in Sydney would give them stability in their schooling.

Despite all of this, Gibson had to go and he knew it. His record at the Waratahs was the writing on the wall.

One finals appearance in four year with a team stacked with Wallabies is underperformance pure and simple. More fool the board had they allowed........

© Brisbane Times