Rugby: Dave Rennie stalls speculation on Wallabies coaching role

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie
Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie. Photo credit: Photosport

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has thrown a curve ball at speculation that he will take over the Australian national team after this year's Rugby World Cup.

Rennie, 55, has re-signed with Scottish club Glasgow Warriors until June 2020.

His name has been bandied about as a possible successor to Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and while this commitment to Glasgow doesn't totally rule that out, it would be difficult to juggle both roles on opposite sides of the globe, at least in the short term.

Australia's first international fixtures after the World Cup fall in next year's July window.

Rennie won back-to-back Super Rugby titles with the Hamilton-based franchise and three consecutive titles with the New Zealand U20 men between 2008-10.

Since moving to Scotland in 2017, he has steered the Warriors to consecutive appearances in the PRO14 playoffs, losing to Scarlets in last year's semi-finals.

This season, his team sit atop their conference and lead the competition in tryscoring, and Rennie has been heralded for promoting young Scottish players into his top line-up.

"I've really enjoyed my first two years in Glasgow," he said. "It's a different challenge for me and there are really good people at the club, so it was an easy decision to stay."  

"We didn’t quite get to where we wanted last season, but we've got a better side this season and I think the squad we're building will be even better next season, and I'm really keen to be a part of that."

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