Rugby: Ex-All Black Stephen Donald issues warning to Kiwi coaches after Dave Rennie's Wallabies sacking

Ex-All Black Stephen Donald has warned Kiwi coaches not to take up jobs in Australia, after Dave Rennie's sacking from the Wallabies top job.

Rugby Australia issued Rennie his marching orders on Monday, with former England coach Eddie Jones named his successor on a five-year deal.

Despite Rennie's unwanted record as the least successful Wallabies coach over 30 tests, Donald feels he was unfairly made the scapegoat.

Before taking on the job, Rennie led the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Rugby titles, including his first year in charge, followed by a stint with Glasgow Warriors.

"I've got to admit, I'm hurt for someone that I've got a lot of respect for in Dave Rennie and how this has all unfolded," Donald told SENZ. "It is a massive, massive call.

"I think there's a whole lot more at play here. I mean, they're looking for a magic bullet here and, unfortunately, I think it's getting shot in the wrong places.

"They've [Rugby Australia] turned on him."

Donald also likened Rennie's dismissal to that of former Kiwi Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, who resigned after their 2013 series defeat to the British & Irish Lions.

Deans, like Rennie, was a multiple Super Rugby champion, winning the competition on five occasions, before taking on the Australian job.

Dave Rennie coaching the Chiefs
Dave Rennie coaching the Chiefs. Photo credit: Photosport

"You go over the history of Kiwi coaches over there... if you're a Kiwi coach who has a career in front of them, you wouldn't go anywhere near Australia," Donald told SENZ.

"Robbie Deans went there as the most successful Super Rugby coach, highly respected, had already had time in the All Blacks," Donald said.

"Robbie... takes the Aussie job and he lasts a few years, and then the political beasts within Australian rugby get rid of him.

"They go and get Dave Rennie, who in my opinion is the best coach I've had - and I've had some decent ones. He clearly has been done over again politically.

"Eddie Jones, I see why they've gone this way, I really do, but it just shows if you're a Kiwi going over there, you're on a hiding to nothing, because there is so much more at play."