Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has extended his contract with the two-time Super Rugby champions for another two years.
Rennie led the Chiefs to back-t-back Super Rugby titles in 2013 and 2014 as well as the play-offs in 2014.
In addition to seven new Chiefs making the All Blacks and another two earning re-calls, Rennie has introduced 39 new players to a Chiefs jersey.
Before joining the Chiefs he was Head Coach of the Manawatu NPC side. As the New Zealand Under 20 Coach his side won three consecutive world championship titles from 2008-2010. He also coached Wellington from 1999-02 winning the NPC in 2000 and played 59 games as a midfield back for the Wellington Lions from 1986.
“With Dave re-signing to 2017 it provides great continuity for our club, players, fans and stakeholders,” said Chiefs CEO Andrew Flexman.
“Dave is a great man who has made a big difference to our organisation since he joined in 2012 and we have absolute confidence that he will continue to drive strong results for the Chiefs.”
“Dave has not only delivered the Club’s first two Investec Super Rugby titles, but he also has a great understanding of the people in our communities which is a really important part of who we are. We believe Dave is the best placed to deliver on our goals of winning Super Rugby titles and unifying and inspiring the people we represent.
Despite speculation that Rennie would move off shore, Rennie said “I am very happy here. We have a great group of young talented men with excellent character, so I was pretty keen to stay and be a part of their development.”
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said retaining coaches of the calibre of Rennie was a top priority.
“Dave is a world class coach and the results on the field speak for themselves. He enjoys huge respect from players and fans, and right across the rugby community so to be able to call on his services for another three years is great news for the game.”
“To keep producing winning All Blacks teams, we need the other levels of the game to be firing on all cylinders and it’s coaches like Dave that make a huge contribution to our continued success,” said Tew.