Rennie commits to Chiefs for two more years

Dave Rennie has agreed to join Glasgow Warriors

Super Rugby winning head coach Dave Rennie has extended his contract with the Chiefs and will continue to lead the team for another two years.

Rennie took over the Chiefs for the 2012 Super Rugby season and won the tournament in his first year. He followed that up with a back to back title in 2013.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said “With Dave re-signing to 2017 it provides great continuity for our club, players, fans and stakeholders. Dave is a great man who has made a big difference to our organisation since he joined in 2012 and we have absolute confidence that he will continue to drive strong results for the Chiefs.”

“Dave has not only delivered the Club’s first two Super Rugby titles, but he also has a great understanding of the people in our communities which is a really important part of who we are. We believe Dave is the best placed to deliver on our goals of winning Super Rugby titles and unifying and inspiring the people we represent.”

Despite speculation that Rennie would move off shore, Rennie said, “I am very happy here. We have a great group of young talented men with excellent character, so I was pretty keen to stay and be a part of their development.”

Since taking over at the Chiefs Dave Rennie has led the side to back-to-back Super Rugby championship titles in 2012 and 2013 and made the play-offs in 2014. In addition to seven new Chiefs making the All Blacks and another two earning re-calls, Rennie has introduced 39 new players to a Chiefs jersey.

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said retaining coaches of the calibre of Rennie was a top priority.
“Dave is a world class coach and the results on the field speak for themselves. He enjoys huge respect from players and fans, and right across the rugby community so to be able to call on his services for another three years is great news for the game.”

“To keep producing winning All Blacks teams, we need the other levels of the game to be firing on all cylinders and it’s coaches like Dave that make a huge contribution to our continued success,” said Tew.

The Chiefs have two pre-season matches. The first one will be against the Blues in Whangarei on Thursday 29 January 7pm (NZ Time) and the final one will be against the Waratahs in Sydney on Friday 6 February 6pm (Aust time).

The Chiefs season officially kicks off on Saturday 14 February against the Blues at North Harbour Stadium with the Chiefs first home game the following week on Friday 20 February at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth against the Brumbies at 7.35pm.

The Chiefs will return to Waikato Stadium the week after when they play the Crusaders on Saturday on Saturday 28 February at 7.35pm.

Dave Rennie Biography:
Dave Rennie has led the Chiefs to the Super Rugby play-offs and two consecutive Super Rugby titles.
Before joining the Chiefs he was the Head Coach of the Manawatu NPC side.
As the New Zealand Under 20 Coach his side won three consecutive world championship titles from 2008-2010.
Dave also coached Wellington from 1999-02 winning the NPC in 2000 and played 59 games as a midfield back for the Wellington Lions from 1986.

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