Jonathan Brian Gibbes was born on 22 January, 1977, in Henderson. He later attended Te Awamutu College and went on to become a respected international rugby player (blindside flanker and occasional lock).
Gibbes earned eight test caps for the All Blacks in 2004-05. Unfortunately his test career was hampered by injury and a slightly small stature (194cm is not quite enough for an international-class tight forward).
Gibbes has captained teams including Waikato NPC, the Chiefs and the New Zealand Māori rugby union team. Probably the greatest achievement of his playing career was captaining the NZ Maori to their first ever victory over the British Lions (19-13).
In 2008 Gibbes was appointed Forwards Coach of Leinster Rugby in Ireland.