Laid-back Rennie hitting right note for Wallabies: Toomua

WELLINGTON (AFP) – Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua said yesterday that new coach Dave Rennie’s singalong skills were keeping the team relaxed ahead of the blockbuster Bledisloe Cup opener against New Zealand in Wellington.

Relations between Australian and Kiwi administrators have been strained in the lead-up to Sunday’s match because of disputes over Rugby Championship scheduling and the future of Super Rugby.

It’s a situation Rennie’s famously prickly predecessor Michael Cheika may have used to motivate his players, but Toomua revealed the new boss was living up to his laid-back reputation.

“He’s definitely got a few different tendencies, loves a little singalong, those type of things,” Toomua told reporters when asked how the training camp had changed under Rennie.