Rugby World Cup 2019: Dave Rennie tipped to be named Wallabies coach

Rugby Australia (RA) has reportedly informed its staff that Kiwi coach Dave Rennie will be unveiled as the new Wallabies head coach. 

Rennie was first linked to the role back in March, well before the Wallabies crashed out of the Rugby World Cup, and continually denied the speculation, but following the departure of Michael Cheika, the rumour mill has hit overdrive. 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, RA officials are telling people that Rennie is the new coach, and have started the process to hire assistant coaches. 

Rennie has never coached at an international level, but led the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013. He currently coaches the Glasgow Warriors in Scotland, which he led to the PRO14 final last season. 

The Warriors have denied that Rennie could leave the team before the current PRO14 season ends next year, but the Daily Mail understands the Scottish Rugby Union have already started their search for a replacement for the New Zealander.

Earlier this week, Cheika stood down from his role as Wallabies coach, but his contract ran until the end of the year, and on top of that the Wallabies have no games until next June, ironically when Rennie's contract expires. 

RA boss Raelene Castle is expected to meet Rennie's agent in Tokyo in the coming days, with an official announcement expected before the end of the year. 

Despite the speculation, Warriors assistant coach John Dalziel said it's been business as usual for Rennie. 

"There are a lot of articles, a lot of speculation and a lot of theories, but Dave is committed to Glasgow until at least the end of the season," said Dalziel. 

"There is never a thought of that changing. He is a man of real good stature, and he's working harder than ever to make sure Glasgow have a fantastic season this year and beyond."

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