Dave Rennie 'Rugby Australia's pick' to replace Michael Cheika

Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has firmed as Rugby Australia's first-choice option to replace Michael Cheika after this year's Rugby World Cup, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

Coach Dave Rennie with winger Tim Nanai-Williams at the presentation Source: Photosport

Rennie, 55, achieved unprecedented success with the Chiefs during his tenure in New Zealand, winning the side's only two Super Rugby championship titles before leaving for Scottish side Glasgow Warriors in 2017.

Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, Georgina Robinson notes that Rugby Australia are set on Rennie taking over from Cheika after this year, with the current coach contracted through to the end of 2019.

"Sources have told the Herald that Glasgow coach Dave Rennie is firming as Rugby Australia's pick to replace Michael Cheika after the World Cup and Scotland's respected Australian defence coach Matt Taylor is being touted as a potential deputy," she says.

Rennie's work with Glasgow hasn't gone unnoticed. Having led the Warriors to the top of the Pro 14's Conference A, he's contracted through to the 2020 season.