Mitre 10 Cup head coach Jono Gibbes received two awards at the Waikato Rugby Union end of season awards at the Wintec Atrium.
The former Te Awamutu Sports Senior A lock/flanker won the Kukri Representative Coach of the Year followed by the top award, the prestigious Ian Clarke Trophy awarded to a Waikato person who has achieved the most outstanding results over the past 12 months.
Gibbes took over as head coach for the 2018 season.
In one season he guided the team to a Ranfurly Shield win over Taranaki, followed by two successful shield defences, a Chiefs Country Cup win to lift the trophy from Bay of Plenty and a Mitre 10 Cup Championship division win to gain promotion back into the Premiership in 2019.
With all of the team’s successes this season, it was no surprise the Mitre 10 Cup squad was named the Hendl & Murray Representative Team of the Year.