Dave Rennie (born 22 November 1963 in Lower Hutt, New Zealand) is a former New Zealand / Cook Islands rugby union player and now coach. He is currently coaching the Australia national rugby union team, having previously coached New Zealand sides the Chiefs, Manawatu, Wellington, the New Zealand U20s, and Glasgow Warriors. Rennie played at Centre.[1]

Dave Rennie
Full nameDavid Noel Rennie
Date of birth (1963-11-22) 22 November 1963 (age 56)
Place of birthLower Hutt, New Zealand
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Wing
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1986–1991 Wellington 58 (60)
Correct as of 20 November 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1990 Cook Islands XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 20 November 2019
Teams coached
Years Team
1999 Wellington (assistant)
2000–2002 Wellington
2002 Hurricanes (assistant)
2006–2011 Manawatu
2008–2010 New Zealand U20
2012–2017 Chiefs
2017–2020 Glasgow Warriors
2020– Australia
Correct as of 20 November 2019

Rugby Union playing careerEdit

Amateur careerEdit

Rennie played with Upper Hutt RFC in Wellington, New Zealand.[2] He finished playing early at 27 due to a recurring shoulder injury.[1]

Provincial careerEdit

Rennie played with the Wellington Lions. He won the NPC title with the Lions in 1986. Later as head coach he guided the team to their next NPC title 14 years later in 2000.

International careerEdit

Rennie's mother was from Rarotonga, the most populated of the Cook Islands, and thus Rennie was eligible for the Cook Islands national rugby union team.[3]

He played for the Cook Islands national rugby union team for one game in 1990, but it was a non-capped match.[4]

Rugby union Coaching careerEdit

Upper HuttEdit

After playing for the amateur side Rennie then coached Upper Hutt RFC.[5]

Wellington LionsEdit

He became the assistant coach of the Wellington Lions in 1999 before becoming head coach in 2000. In his first year as the head coach, he led the Wellington Lions to their first NPC title since 1986.[6] He stayed with the Lions until 2002.


Rennie became first the U23 head coach and then the assistant coach of the Hurricanes.

New Zealand AcademyEdit

Rennie coached at the New Zealand international academy.


Originally a short term contract,[7] Rennie was the coach of the Manawatu in the ITM Cup from 2005 to 2011. Under Rennie the Turbos were Championship Runner-up in the 2011 ITM Cup.

New Zealand U20Edit

Rennie was coach of the New Zealand national under-20 rugby union team, under whom the team won three consecutive World titles from 2008 to 2010.[8]


He joined the Chiefs for the 2012 season and led them to their first ever Super Rugby title.[9] In doing so Rennie became the first first-year Super Rugby coach to win a Super Rugby title

The day of the final itself proved highly eventful. As Rennie guided the Chiefs to a 37-6 win over the Sharks, his house was robbed and valuables were stolen. A similar opportunist theft had occurred to Chiefs player Sonny Bill Williams several weeks earlier.[10]

He coached the Chiefs to their second straight Super Rugby title in the 2013 season, beating the Brumbies by 27-22.

Glasgow WarriorsEdit

On 19 August 2016 Glasgow Warriors announced that Rennie would replace Gregor Townsend as head coach for the 2017-18 season.[11] Under Townsend, Warriors were a top Pro12 side; they reached the play-offs in every year of his charge - except his last; where he guided the Warriors to their first European Champions Cup Quarter-Final. Townsend won the Pro12 title with Glasgow Warriors in 2015.[12]

In Rennie's first season, Glasgow Warriors made the Pro14 semi-finals but the side was beaten at Scotstoun Stadium by the Scarlets.[13] In the European Champions Cup they finished bottom of their pool.[14]

For the 2018-19 season, Glasgow Warriors reached the Pro14 final at Celtic Park in Glasgow. A large home-based Warriors support gave the Pro14 its biggest ever attendance for a final. Despite this Leinster capitalised on a Stuart Hogg error and ground out the match to win the title. In the European Champions Cup, Glasgow Warriors qualified out of the pool stages to meet Saracens in the Quarter final. Having run Saracens very close at home; and matched them until the final quarter of the away pool match - Scottish hopes were raised for the Quarter Final in London.[15] However Saracens saved their best performance for that match and then went on to win the European title.[16]


On 20 November 2019, Rugby Australia announced that Rennie would replace Michael Cheika as Head Coach of the Wallabies.[17]

Coaching approachEdit

Rennie has been described as "hard-nosed, doesn't tolerate fools, is astute and has a deep rugby intelligence."[18]

Outside rugbyEdit

Teaching careerEdit

Rennie was a school teacher in Upper Hutt.[19] He taught to 12 and 13 year olds: 'intermediate', between primary and secondary education.[1]

In comparing his former job of teaching with coaching rugby union, Rennie said: "Teaching, coaching, it's the same thing. The kids are just a bit bigger."[19]

Bar manager careerEdit

While coaching Upper Hutt RFC at amateur level, Rennie owned and ran a pub called the Lonely Goat Herd in Upper Hutt, Wellington.[2]


Rennie plays guitar.[7] He also enjoys landscape gardening.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "The lowdown on Dave Rennie, the next Glasgow Warriors coach". 19 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b "From humble club roots, Chris Boyd and Dave Rennie share common coaching path". Stuff.
  3. ^ "High hopes for Dave Rennie".
  4. ^ News, Americas Rugby (17 October 2016). "Dates confirmed for Cook Islands tour of Americas".
  5. ^ "Rugby; Upper Hutt premier rugby coach and new Wellington Lions NPC assistant coach Dave Rennie". Upper Hutt City Library.
  6. ^ "David Rennie (2000-2002)". Wellington Rugby. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Chiefs chat: Dave Rennie – the good fella - Fitness Journal". 5 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Dave Rennie - Coach Extraordinaire". Manawatu Rugby. Archived from the original on 5 February 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Relentless Chiefs run away with title". New Zealand Herald. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Burglars spoil Chiefs' win". Sport24. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ "Chiefs coach Dave Rennie to be new head coach - Glasgow Warriors". www.glasgowwarriors.org.
  12. ^ "Munster Rugby v Glasgow Warriors Highlights – GUINNESS PRO12 Final 2014/15" – via www.youtube.com.
  13. ^ "Glasgow Warriors V Scarlets". Glasgow Warriors.
  14. ^ "Glasgow Warriors V Exeter Chiefs". Glasgow Warriors.
  15. ^ "Saracens V Glasgow Warriors". Glasgow Warriors.
  16. ^ Cleary, Mick; Richardson, Charles (11 May 2019). "Saracens beat Leinster to win a record third European crown" – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  17. ^ "Wallabies win "significant fight" for Rennie's services, confident the Kiwi will prove his passion for Australian rugby". rugby.com.au. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  18. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/international/117079539/all-blacks--midas-touch-dave-rennie-puts-a-cat-among-all-blacks-coaching-pigeons#comments
  19. ^ a b "Chiefs coach Dave Rennie 'the salt of the earth'". Stuff.

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Preceded by
  Michael Cheika
Australian national rugby union coach
Succeeded by