Former Crusaders assistant coach Daryl Gibson has signed on at the Waratahs for next year's Super Rugby season, working alongside head coach Michael Cheika and assistant Alan Gaffney.

After four years as backs coach at the Crusaders, Gibson resigned earlier this year after being offered a role as defence coach for the Christchurch-based franchise.

Cheika says Gibson will bring more than just his coaching experience to the Waratahs.

"Darryl is the guy who most fitted the vision we have for the team and for NSW rugby," Cheika told the Waratahs website.

"To enact the change we want to make here, we need to change everything," he said.

"I wanted someone fresh, someone that guys here haven't had much to do with or been coached by. We need to change the voices, change the approach."

Cheika said Gibson's skills were areas the Waratahs needed to improve, in continuity of attack and around the ruck.

"He also has a very rounded approach to the game, having coached in Super Rugby and in the UK and against teams from Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and all over Europe."

Gibson, on tour with the New Zealand Maori in England, says the chance to join the Waratahs is a "fantastic opportunity", and Cheika's vision for the team was a big part of that.

"His passion and commitment to turning the Waratahs into a winning team made it an easy choice."

Gibson will join the Waratah's pre-season preparations early next month, assuming responsibility for the team's attacking skills and continuity play.

NZ Newswire

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