Australia appoint Dave Rennie as new head coach

Dave Rennie has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Rugby Australia
Dave Rennie has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with Rugby Australia

Rugby Australia has confirmed the appointment of Dave Rennie as the new head coach of Wallabies.

The 55-year-old will join his new role at the end of his current commitment with Glasgow Warriors which will conclude with the 2019/20 season.

Rennie has previously coached Wellington, Hurricanes, Manawatu, New Zealand Under 20 side and Chiefs in the past before joining Glasgow Warriors in 2017 and now will replace Michael Cheika as head coach of Australia after the latter resigned from his role at the end of the World Cup in Japan.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said the board is excited in securing the services of Rennie as the next head coach of the Wallabies.

"This is a massive coup for Australian rugby. Dave Rennie was the clear standout candidate for the job and we're thrilled to have secured his services," said Castle.

"Dave's coaching philosophy focuses equally on football and team culture, the key pillars to building sustainable success in any team. He has a proven track record in the Northern and Southern Hemisphere."

Meanwhile, Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson lauded Rennie for his contribution with the Warriors and is hoping for him to sign off from the club on a high.

"I'd like to thank Dave for the contribution he's made to the development of Glasgow Warriors over the past two seasons.

"He's led a talented playing and coaching group with passion and encouraged the team to express themselves and play positive rugby throughout.

"He enhanced the strong, positive culture at Scotstoun and pushed the team to achieve significant results, playing some outstanding rugby on the way.

"He has conducted himself throughout with great professionalism and I know he will want to sign off his time in Glasgow with some silverware. We wish him well for the future."


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