New Wallabies coach Rennie not committing beyond 2023 World Cup

SYDNEY (AFP) – New Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has hinted he may not stay after the 2023 World Cup, with the New Zealander suggesting it would be better to have an Australian in charge in the future.

The 56-year-old took charge this month after seeing out his commitments with the Glasgow Warriors. He replaced Michael Cheika who departed following the country’s disappointing 2019 World Cup quarter-final exit.

No other Australian coach was available or considered up to the task, with Rennie appointed to lift the Wallabies from their lowly seventh world ranking.

“I’m not certain,” he told The Australian newspaper yesterday when asked if he planned to be around for the 2027 World Cup, which Australia are keen to host.

“The ideal scenario is that the next coach is Australian and there needs to be some thought around that. If there is someone ready to go after the (2023) World Cup, that may be in the best interests of Australian rugby.”