Dave Rennie upbeat about Australian role

Dave Rennie will replace Michael Cheika as Australia head coach
Dave Rennie will replace Michael Cheika as Australia head coach

Incoming Australia head coach Dave Rennie reckons his experience with Glasgow Warriors will keep him successful in the Wallabies role.

Rennie, who started his coaching career as an assistant in Wellington and Hurricanes also took in charge of Manawatu and New Zealand Under 20 before becoming the head coach of Chiefs in 2012.

The 56-year-old was appointed as the head coach of Glasgow Warriors in 2017 when Gregor Townsend took in charge of Scotland and successfully guided them to the Pro14 final last season.

He will now replace Michael Cheika as the new coach of Australia and will have his task cut out as the Wallabies had been enduring tough times both on and off the field.

"It's been good for me," said Rennie.

"I was keen to experience a different culture and a different type of footie.

"Rugby goes forever up here, the seasons roll into one, so you have to be very detailed around your planning. Around the international commitments, you lose players for big chunks of time so you have to bring through young kids and manage a much bigger squad.

"It's very set-piece orientated and we've developed a pretty good scrum and an excellent lineout, and I know if I bring an international team up here, our set-piece has to be good enough.

"I've got to know a lot of players and the clubs and I've got a good understanding of how the international teams work, so when I bring a team up here I'll know what to expect."

With Rennie granted an early release, the Glasgow Warriors have confirmed Danny Wilson will take in charge of the Scottish regional club next week.