NSW Waratahs re-sign Daryl Gibson, add Chris Whitaker

NSW have re-signed coach Daryl Gibson to a one-year contract extension following the Waratahs' spirited run to the Super Rugby semifinals.

Gibson will lead a revamped coaching team in 2019 with former Waratahs halfback Chris Whitaker replacing the departed Chris Malone as backs coach, while forwards coach Simon Cron will remain as part of the set-up.

Whitaker returns to Sydney after serving two years as co-coach at French club Montauban.

"I am really proud of how this team has developed and improved over the past 12 months to make the final four," Gibson said.

"While our goal was to bring the Super Rugby trophy home, we can hold our heads high and reflect on a season in which we made massive inroads both on and off the field. The job is not done yet but we are excited about what's to come."

Gibson will assume the attack portfolio with Whitaker's brief being the backline itself.

"The knowledge and experience you gain overseas is great but it is time for me to come home and contribute to the game and a State that has given so much to me and my family throughout my career," Whitaker aid

"Rugby in Australia is improving and I couldn't pass on the chance to help further develop and grow the potential we have here," Whitaker said.