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Jono Gibbes remains vague about future

There has been speculation about Gibbes' future. Credit: UTV

Ulster’s departing coach Jono Gibbes has remained vague about his future.

Reports in France claim there’s a 95% chance he’ll take over at La Rochelle next season.

He spoke to UTV after Ulster's win over Ospreys on Sunday.

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Gibbes was released by Ulster to return home for family reasons.

Despite signing a two-year deal with New Zealand side Waikato, Gibbes was holding talks with La Rochelle last week and didn’t rule out a move to France.

When asked about next season he said: “I don’t know categorically the answer to that.

“To be fair I just wanted to do my part here as best I can and pay back the support that I’ve got from Ulster."

Ulster secured Champions Cup rugby next season with a 35-17 win over Ospreys over the weekend.

Scrum-half John Cooney said: “It was huge.

“The first 20 minutes we struggled a little bit - obviously we need to be in Champions Cup next year and it’s massive for us.”