All Blacks left it too late to sign me: Rennie

SYDNEY (AFP) – Newly appointed Australia coach Dave Rennie yesterday said the All Blacks left it too late to secure his services, with the “proud” New Zealander now focussed on mentoring their arch-rivals.

New Zealand Rugby bosses have ruled out a foreign coach for the All Blacks and revealed this month they had asked 26 New Zealanders to apply for the coveted job left vacant by Steve Hansen after the World Cup.

Rennie was one of those contacted, but he said the approach came too late.

“I’m a proud Kiwi but the big thing is I’ve been talking to Australia for a lot of months and the All Blacks interest came in late in the piece,” he told rugby.com.au.

“By that stage, we’d done a lot of homework, we were really excited about the opportunity to go to Australia and that ended up being an easy decision.”

New Zealand has said its new coaching team will be named before Christmas, but it has now missed out on at least three high-profile candidates.

File photo shows Glasgows’s then head coach Dave Rennie. PHOTO: AFP