Rugby Australia has reportedly informed its staff that Glasgow Warriors and former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie will be the new Wallabies head coach.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that high-ranking officials in RA are preparing for Rennie’s arrival by informing potential applicants for a backup staff role that the New Zealander already has the job.
Rennie famously coached the Chiefs to their first-ever Vodacom Super Rugby title in 2012 and guided the team to a second consecutive title in 2013.
He joined the Glasgow Warriors as a successor to current Scotland coach Gregor Townsend in 2016, helping the Scottish side to the PRO14 semi-finals in his first season and the final in 2018-19.
The Warriors have denied that Rennie could leave the team before the current PRO14 season ends next year.
‘There are a lot of articles, a lot of speculation and a lot of theories, but Dave is committed to Glasgow until at least the end of the season,’ Warriors assistant coach John Dalziel told the local media. ‘There is never a thought of that changing. He is a man of real good stature and he’s working harder than ever to make sure Glasgow have a fantastic season this year and beyond.’
Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika left the team under a storm after failing to take them beyond the quarter-finals of the 2019 World Cup. Cheika stated after resigning that his working relationship with RA chief executive Raelene Castle was non-existent. The two are believed to have got into a heated argument after a Wallabies function in Tokyo during the World Cup.
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