Rugby: Dave Rennie dismisses speculation linking him with Wallabies head coach role

Former Chiefs boss Dave Rennie says he has not been contacted by Rugby Australia about the prospect of taking over as Wallabies head coach.

Reports emerged earlier in the week the two-time Super Rugby champion coach was the favourite to replace Michael Cheika after the World Cup, but Rennie says it's just "speculation."

The 55-year-old is currently coaching in Scotland with the Glasgow Warriors, and he recently signed a one-year contract extension which expires at the end of the 2020 season.

"It's just a bit of speculation, as often happens when there's a potential job up for grabs," said the Kiwi native.

"I certainly haven't spoken to anyone, and my contract with Glasgow takes me through until the middle of 2020.

"I'd imagine from an international point of view most of these jobs are going to be gobbled up straight after a World Cup. I knew that was probably going to be the case when I signed on for another season, so it's just speculation.

"You never say never, but what I've said is I'm assuming that, like a lot of teams, they'll probably make changes in coaches immediately after the World Cup. That's November 2019. I'm committed here until July 2020, so that's why it's unlikely."

Rugby: Dave Rennie dismisses speculation linking him with Wallabies head coach role

Rennie has a strong relationship with Scott Johnson, who recently left the Scottish Rugby Union to take a role as director of rugby for Rugby Australia.

Wales boss Warren Gatland and his English counterpart Eddie Jones have also been linked to the job.

Rennie's Warriors are currently top of their conference in the Pro 14 with 12 wins in 17 matches, despite missing a number of their Scotland internationals through injury and Six Nations commitments.

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