Dave Rennie's coaching staff shortlist - report

Dave Rennie's coaching staff shortlist - report

Current Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie has been appointed as the Wallabies new head coach, taking over from Michael Cheika, and one of the first things that will be on his to-do list is to piece together his backroom staff.

Multiple reports in Australia have listed the incoming Wallabies' coach 'hit list', which includes England assistant Scott Wisemantel.

Rennie turned down the opportunity to apply for the All Blacks' job, citing that the timing for the application came in too late as he was in talks with Rugby Australia already.

Because Dave Rennie will only link up with the Wallabies full time in June 2020, a month before the first test against Ireland in July, his assistants will be doing most of the preparations meaning they will need to be appointed soon.

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Australian director of Rugby Scott Johnson confirmed that two high-profile candidates in the form of Scott Wisemantel and Matt Taylor were certainly being pursued.


Wisemantel is currently England's attack coach would be highly sought after while Scotland defence coach Taylor has been in Scotland since the end of 2012, after a successful stint with the Queensland Reds.

Both have a strong relationship with Johnson, having him worked with him in recent years, and he admitted the pair were certainly on the list of desired candidates.

‘Everyone knows he's (Wisemantel) a good friend of mine, he's had success where he's gone, he'll be a welcome addition,” he said.

“(Taylor) - good mate of mine, worked with him, good skills, he's certainly on the list, both are.”

Former Wallaby forward and Reds coach Nick Stiles is reportedly also on the list as too is World Cup-winning former Wallabies No.8 Toutai Kefu and Rebels attack coach Shaun Berne, who worked with the Wallabies on a short-term contract this year

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