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Chiefs coach Rennie set to leave New Zealand Rugby

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Chiefs Super Rugby head coach Dave Rennie looks more likely to leave New Zealand Rugby now that All Black coach Steve Hansen has been re-appointed.

Rennie has been tipped to be a future All Black coach but now that the New Zealand Rugby Union have extended Hansen’s contract through to 2019 Rennie has reiterated his intention to head offshore.

The two time Super Rugby winning coach has always expressed an interest in coaching at international level and has ruled out the possibility of working under Hansen.

As Rennie does not want to be an assistant coach he has the option of staying in New Zealand as Chiefs head coach or coaching abroad.

“I don’t see myself doing an assistant role,” Rennie told the NZ Herald.

“If I stayed in New Zealand I’d stay with the Chiefs.”

Rennie has often expressed an interest in experiencing a new culture and wanting to further himself as a coach so the likelihood is that he will coach abroad.

The Chiefs coach says that he thinks it was a good move by New Zealand Rugby to re-sign Hansen.

“I think it’s a good move by New Zealand (Rugby), he’s a good coach, been really successful, and why would you push someone out the door whose doing such a good job,” Rennie said.

“Who knows, he may stay here till ’23 or ’27. There’s only one job and there’s a lot of people who probably want it.”

“I’m not sure that everyone will wait around for it, and maybe a bit of luck about timing, if you’re around and available when it becomes available.

“Nothing changes from my point of view. I’ve talked a lot about planning to head overseas at some stage.”

Rennie said that his focus currently is on the Chiefs Super Rugby campaign and not on where his future lies.

“Anyway, the focus is on the Chiefs at the moment, and I’ll worry about that stuff maybe next year.”

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