Crusaders assistant coach Daryl Gibson has resigned from his position as Defence coach for the 2013 Crusaders Super Rugby season.
Crusaders CEO Hamish Riach and Head Coach Todd Blackadder have both expressed sadness at Gibson's resignation.
Mr Riach said Gibson had informed them that he had decided not to continue in the Crusaders coaching team next season and had tendered his resignation, effective immediately.
"Daryl is a highly respected figure in local rugby circles and has many very close friendships here at the Crusaders and CRFU, so we will all be very sad to see him go but we wish him all the very best for his future endeavours," Riach said.
"Daryl has been a valued member of the Crusaders coaching team for the past four years," Blackadder said.
"He will be missed around here, however he has made the decision that he believes is right for both him personally and for the team going forward."
Daryl Gibson said that since the proposed configuration of the 2013 Crusaders coaching team had been announced, he has taken some time to assess his situation and the restructured coaching role that had been offered to him and has come to the conclusion that this is not where his immediate future lies.
"I've had four fantastic years of coaching at the Crusaders. I have had the honour of being involved with a wonderful group of players and coaches and I have loved my time here. "
"However it is time for me to forge my own path now, as shown by many Crusaders assistant coaches such as Colin Cooper and Vern Cotter who have gone onto other exciting things," Gibson said.
"I am very excited about the future and I see this as a positive change in my rugby career. In the immediate future I am looking forward to being involved with the Maori All Blacks tour to the UK in November."
Gibson's coaching responsibilities changed after the 2012 Super Rugby Season and his new role in 2013 was going to focus specifically on defence. A new Team Attack Coach position had also been created.
"With Daryl's resignation we will now reconsider the shape of those two coaching roles and some variations may result depending on the specific strengths of the candidates considered for the positions," Blackadder said.
"While we are obviously sad to see Daryl go, we must also acknowledge that this opens up a new opportunity for the Crusaders in 2013. "
"We are aware from the process we have been undertaking to employ a new Team Attack Coach that there is a very high calibre of coaching talent out there, so we are confident that we will be able to build a top class 2013 coaching team and we are excited about the season ahead."