Former New Zealand Under-20 and current Manawatu coach Dave Rennie has been appointed head coach of the Chiefs for the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby seasons.
Rennie's two-year appointment is effective from September 1 and follows the decision last year by Chiefs head coach Ian Foster to step down at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Chiefs CEO Gary Dawson and NZRU general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen welcomed Rennie's appointment as a positive move for Rennie and the Chiefs franchise.
"Dave has a strong record, particularly with the New Zealand Under 20 side which he steered towards three consecutive junior world championship titles. As a former player who has unique coaching experiences with the Under 20s, and provincial and Super Rugby teams, Dave will bring a great mix of skills and experience to this role," Sorensen said.
Gary Dawson said: "We are delighted Dave will be with the Chiefs next year. His clear success at an international level, combined with his super rugby experience, and his strong and long associations with provincial rugby both in Wellington and Manawatu, demonstrate he has a broad base of experience on which to build with the Chiefs.
Dave Rennie said: "I'm really excited about being part of the Chiefs' campaign next year. While we have a fair bit of experience heading off shore, we are fortunate to have strong Provincial Unions developing the emerging talent. For the time being, my focus remains on preparing the Manawatu Turbos side for what will be a challenging and exciting, condensed ITM Cup competition."
Rennie officially takes up his position on September 1, but prior to that will be involved in planning work with the Chiefs, while also coaching the Manawatu Turbos for the 2011 ITM Cup season.
Dave Rennie Coaching Career:
2008-2010: New Zealand Under 20 head coach
2006-present: Manawatu Turbos head coach
2003-2007: International Rugby Academy of NZ (IRANZ) Head Coach
2002: Hurricanes Super 12 assistant coach
2001: Hurricanes Under 23 head coach
2000-2002: Wellington Rugby Union Lions head coach (NPC champions in 2000)
Dave Rennie Playing Career:
1986-1991: Played for the Wellington Lions - 59 games
1990: Cook Islands National Team
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