Warriors pull off Rennie coup to replace Townsend


Glasgow Warriors have confirmed that Chiefs coach Dave Rennie will replace Gregor Townsend at Scotstoun ahead of the 2017-18 season.

Townsend has been earmarked to take over as Scotland coach next year in Vern Cotter's stead - the Kiwi has been linked with a return to Super Rugby and will likely be a candidate to fill Rennie's shoes at Waikato Stadium.

Rennie led the Chiefs to Super Rugby glory in each of his first two seasons in charge, but they have faltered in the Finals in each of the last two campaigns, losing to the eventual champions on each occasion.

Glasgow have been among the favourites in all five of their Pro12 campaigns to date. Three times they have been beaten semi-finalists, with one title from their pair of final appearances - coming in 2015.

"I am delighted to be appointed to the head coach role at Glasgow Warriors," Rennie said in a statement. 

"The opportunity to work with such an exciting group of players at a club that has such big ambitions and a great winning culture was one I couldn't turn down. 

"It is no secret I have been interested in coaching abroad and this chance with Scottish Rugby fitted the bill perfectly.

"As a coach you want to test yourself in new environments with new challenges. 

"The work Gregor and his team have done at the Warriors speaks for itself and I am very motivated to continue that success and build the club."

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman outlined the Kiwi club's disappointment at losing their coach, who had outlined his desire to take on a role abroad.

Flexman said: "I wish Dave every success with the next chapter in his distinguished coaching career. 

"We at the Chiefs are clearly disappointed to lose the services of such a talented coach."