Dave Rennie wants next Wallabies coach to be an Australian

Dave Rennie replaced Michael Cheika as new Australian coach
Dave Rennie replaced Michael Cheika as new Australian coach
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Incoming Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie wants an Australian to be his successor at the end of his contract with the 2023 World Cup.

Rennie started his coaching stint with Wellington and worked with Hurricanes, Manawatu, New Zealand Under 20 and Chiefs before joining Glasgow Warriors in 2017 and was named as a replacement for Michael Cheika as the new head coach of Australia.

The 56-year-old is committed to guide the Wallabies to a successful 2023 World Cup but is not considering any long-term option but is hopeful of grooming his successor from Australia with them being the front-runner to host the 2027 showpiece event.

"I'm not certain," he told The Australian newspaper on Monday when asked about the plans for the 2027 World Cup.

"The ideal scenario is that the next coach is Australian and there needs to be some thought around that. If there is someone ready to go after the (2023) World Cup, that may be in the best interests of Australian rugby.

"You can't think too far ahead in this game," added Rennie, who is on deal that takes him to the next World Cup.

"I'm fully committed to the (2023) World Cup but what happens beyond that ... there has to be an emphasis around identifying and developing other coaches to coach Australia."

 

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