Ren­nie set for late-night Aus­tralia over­time

Evening Times - - LAST WORD - Henry McCall

GLAS­GOW War­riors head coach Dave Ren­nie has re­vealed how night-time spells on Skype will help him set­tle into the Aus­tralia job.

Ren­nie has agreed a three­and-a-half-year deal as Aus­tralia’s new head coach to the end of the 2023 World Cup cam­paign and will join the Wal­la­bies at the end of the cur­rent sea­son.

But with the rest of the Guin­ness PRO14 and Heineken Cham­pi­ons Cup cam­paigns for Glas­gow War­riors still to ne­go­ti­ate, the New Zealan­der has his hands full.

“I’ve got a bit of work to do from an Aus­tralian per­spec­tive,” said Ren­nie, who was ap­pointed in the wake of Michael Chieka’s de­par­ture fol­low­ing the Wal­la­bies’ World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal exit.

“We’re sort­ing out staff, not just coaches but the whole staffing group, and it’s an ex­ten­sive re­view.

“I can get my Glas­gow work done, and then at 10pm jump on Skype and have a chat with the guys who are driv­ing it on the grass. It makes you busy, but it doesn’t de­tract from my fo­cus and my pri­mary role.”

Ren­nie says he is not a big sleeper – “five or six hours is plenty” – and is used to work­ing across dif­fer­ent time zones due to his move from the New Zealand-based Chiefs to Glas­gow in 2017.

The 56-year-old is also plan­ning to visit Aus­tralia in the new year to ac­quaint him­self fur­ther with his new role.

“We do get a break at the start of Six Na­tions when I’ll spend a cou­ple of weeks in Aus­tralia,” Ren­nie said at the Guin­ness PRO14 me­dia day in Cardiff.

“I’ll be meet­ing some peo­ple and get­ting around Su­per Rugby and mak­ing strong con­nec­tions.

“I’m com­fort­able I can make that hap­pen. It was im­por­tant to me that I com­plete my con­tract here. I made a com­mit­ment and want to see that out. Aus­tralia have been great in that re­gard to al­low me to do that.”

At­tack coach Scott Wise­man­tel, who this week left the Eng­land set-up, is ex­pected to join the Aus­tralia coach­ing staff.

“I’m not con­vinced he’s signed, so I won’t com­ment,” Ren­nie said. “But it’ll be great to have him on board. He’s high qual­ity.”

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