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Gibbes ruled out for Blues

JONO GIBBES will not be returning to Leinster as head coach after the former Blues forwards coach extended his contract with French club Clermont Auvergne.

Gibbes worked with the eastern province during the reigns of both Michael Cheika and Joe Schmidt as Leinster won the Heineken Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012, before moving to the French Top 14 side last summer.

He had been linked with a return to Leinster as head coach following the departure of Matt O'Connor last month.

"We've built a solid, constructive working relationship with Franck and the staff here," said Gibbes after signing his new contract.