All change at Warriors
Wilson replaces Australia-bound Rennie at Glasgow
Focus: Dave Rennie (pic: SNS Group)
Glasgow Warriors coach Dave Rennie will take over Australia when his contract runs out next year, Danny Wilson replacing him at Scotstoun.
The 55-year-old Kiwi replaces Michael Cheika, who resigned after the Wallabies’ World Cup defeat by England.
Wilson, the Scotland forwards coach and former Cardiff coach, said: “The opportunity to coach such an attractive club as Glasgow Warriors was too good to miss.
“I want to build on the high-tempo style of play that I know the fans love and pay to see week in, week out. The club has been challenging at the top end of the Guinness PRO14 on a regular basis and as a coach it is that type of environment and culture you want to be involved in.
“I took a huge amount of learnings from the time I have spent with Scotland through the Guinness Six Nations and Rugby World Cup and I’m thankful for that experience, which can only add to how I take on a new head coach role with Glasgow.”
Rennie begins his three-and-a-half-year contract next summer with his first Test in charge against Ireland on 4 July.
“My wife, Steph, and I have spent the past few months considering our future and we’re really excited about our decision,” he said.
“We’ve loved our time here in Glasgow. The coaching group and management are absolutely world class. The work ethic and passion of the players has been incredible, and we will miss them.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to coach at international level and an added bonus that we’ll be a little closer to home, near our kids and grandkids.
“All my focus is on the rest of the season in Glasgow as we strive to be in the mix come play-off time in both comps again.”
Rennie joined Glasgow in 2014 and since then the Warriors have reached a Pro14 semi-final and final, and made it to the European Champions Cup quarter-finals.
Paying tribute to Rennie, Scottish Rugby chief executive Mark Dodson said: “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.”