Jono Gibbes: Ulster coach holds talks with La Rochelle
Outgoing Ulster head coach Jono Gibbes has held talks with La Rochelle in regards to the teaching emptiness on the French membership, BBC Sport understands.
He has already agreed to take cost of Waikato and continues to be anticipated to return to his native New Zealand this summer season.
The High 14 aspect say they hope to make an announcement within the close to future.
Ulster, who granted Gibbes’ request for an early release from his contract for household causes, will host Ospreys in a European play-off on Sunday.
The winner will safe the seventh and remaining qualifying place from the Professional14 for the 2018-19 European Champions Cup.
Ulster couldn’t touch upon French media reviews 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.
He has signed a contract to develop into head coach of Waikato within the Mitre 10 Cup after a decade working in Europe and plans to return to New Zealand to be nearer to his household on the finish of Ulster’s season.
Gibbes, 41, was promoted to the function of head coach at Kingspan Stadium in January following the departure of director of rugby Les Kiss and led the aspect 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 in search of a successor to Patrice Collazo, who stepped down after seven years in cost.