Chiefs look to extend Rennie contract

Date published: January 20 2015

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie is edging closer to a new deal with the franchise according to reports in New Zealand.

Rennie took over as coach in 2012, leading the Chiefs to back-to-back Super Rugby titles, becoming the first person to win a Super Rugby title in their maiden season as coach.

Last season the Chiefs were knocked out in the play-offs, but they head into the new season as one of the favourites, with Sonny Bill Williams among their big offseason acquisitions.

The Waikato-based side have however lost assistant coach Tom Coventry to London Irish, while Wayne Smith has also stepped down after taking a role with the All Blacks.

Given all those changes, as well as his unprecedented success, chief executive Andrew Flexman was keen to secure Rennie’s long-term future.

“I still think he’s got a whole lot to offer our environment and without actually been able to confirm it’s a done deal, things are progressing in a positive way,” he said.

That ties in with Rennie, who has indicated he would like to stay with the side going forward.

“We have got a lot of really good people here who are really passionate and excited about the Chiefs so that makes it an exciting place.

“We’ve got some good young kids coming through and it would be nice to stay and spend a bit of time with them and hopefully help with their development.”