Rugby World Cup 2019: Dave Rennie approached by All Blacks to become next coach

Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has revealed he's been approached by NZ Rugby officials to become the next All Blacks coach.

Rennie has never coached at international level, but led the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013, and has coached in Scotland since 2017. 

The 55-year-old has also been linked to the vacant Wallabies role. Last month, reports claimed Rugby Australia had informed staff that Rennie would take the job. 

Rennie was first linked to the Wallabies job in March and the rumour mill has hit overdrive since the departure of Michael Cheika, . 

But Rennie appears to have his sights on coaching his country of birth, replacing Steve Hansen, who has held the role since 2012. 

"Obviously, it's flattering, it's humbling," he told STV news in Scotland. "They've [New Zealand] always been such a great side. 

 Rugby World Cup 2019: Dave Rennie approached by All Blacks to become next coach
 Rugby World Cup 2019: Dave Rennie approached by All Blacks to become next coach

"I guess I haven't had a lot of time to dwell on that, because I'm totally focused on what I'm doing here.

"They've probably made contact with a number of Kiwis, who are coaching over this way, about interest for the role.

"They will have a process where they interview, then make an appointment in the new year."

When asked about interest from Rugby Australia, as well as New Zealand, Rennie said: "There's going to be speculation all the time, when new jobs are up for grabs.

"They are naming a number of people, I guess, who are potential replacements for both of those jobs. I guess time will tell."

Rennie is contracted to the Warriors until June, 2020 and is committed to seeing out the remainder of his contract until the end of the PRO14 season. 

Other names linked to the All Blacks job include current assistant Ian Foster, Crusaders coach Scott Robertson and Japan coach Jamie Joseph. 

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