January 16, 2019

Dave Rennie to coach the Chiefs from 2012

Dave Rennie working hard to perfect the 'Graham Henry' look.

Manawatu NPC coach Dave Rennie has been appointed head coach of the Chiefs Super Rugby Franchise.

The former New Zealand Under-20 coach has a two season contract.

Current coach Ian Foster hadalready decided to step down some time ago.

Chiefs CEO Gary Dawson said “We are delighted Dave will be with the Chiefs next year. His clear success at an international level, combined with his super rugby experience, and his strong and long associations with provincial rugby both in Wellington and Manawatu, demonstrate he has a broad base of experience on which to build with the Chiefs.”

NZRU general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen welcomed Rennie’s appointment as a positive move for Rennie and the Chiefs franchise. “Dave has a strong record, particularly with the New Zealand Under 20 side which he steered towards three consecutive junior world championship titles. As a former player who has unique coaching experiences with the Under 20s, and provincial and Super Rugby teams, Dave will bring a great mix of skills and experience to this role,” Sorensen said.

Even Dave Rennie was excited about the appointment. “I’m really excited about being part of the Chiefs’ campaign next year. While we have a fair bit of experience heading off shore, we are fortunate to have strong Provincial Unions developing the emerging talent.”

Newswarped wishes Dave Rennie all the best and laments that the talented Wellington Coach didn’t get a look-in for the Hurricanes top job a few seasons ago.