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Chiefs coach headed to Scotland

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/08/2016

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie will be heading to Scotland after next year's Super Rugyby season.

Rennie has announced he's leaving the Waikato franchise to take up the role of head coach for the Glasgow Warriors.

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

Rennie guided the Chiefs to the Super Rugby title in 2013 and has won two BNZ cups with the Waikato side.

He also coached New Zealand's under-20s to a hat-trick of junior world championships.

He said he had mixed emotions about the departure.

"I have loved my time here and leave with a heavy heart. I've been fortunate to work with fantastic people and I am exceptionally proud of the men who represent us and what we have achieved over the past five years," he said.

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

The 52-year-old former Wellington centre and coach has signed a two-year contract to start in the northern summer after the conclusion of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

He described the Scottish side as "aspirational".

"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," he said.

Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman said the club was "clearly disappointed to lose the services of such a talented coach" but said it expected Rennie would be determined to go out on a high-note next season.

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