The Gibson physiotherapy team are set to announce that they will be taking over the role of physiotherapist for the All Blacks after the World Cup, according to reports in the media.
Gibson said the move to take over the reins for the tournament in 2017 was a “significant step forward” and that they were looking to recruit a new physio to help run the operation.
The move comes after the All Black physiotherapists in charge of the Six Nations tournament, who are also responsible for the Rugby World Cup and the All-Ireland game, were left out of the equation by the Rugby Football Union for the last two Rugby World Cups.
Gibbsons physiotherapeutic team, which has already been credited with saving All Blacks’ players from injury, are expected to be the most experienced team on the field during the tournament.
“The Gibbson physiotherapy is a recognised leader in their area of practice and have been at the forefront of developing the sport of rugby in New Zealand for over 20 years,” the team said in a statement.
“This is a significant step forward for our profession and the team are excited to be taking on this responsibility.”
Gibbons was in charge in the Six Years’ War when the All Blossoms played their final games in the Aviva Stadium.
“As a result of the work of the All Blair team, the game has improved enormously,” the statement read.
“Achieving this, we now have one of the best teams in the game, one that has developed and improved rapidly in a short period of time.
We have also created new opportunities for our players to improve their fitness and training.”
The statement continued: “We are excited that the new role of physio will allow us to bring in the experience of the past.
We are looking forward to working with the All Blues physiotherapy team to build on their achievements.”