Rennie keen to stay on at Chiefs

Date published: December 12 2014

Chiefs boss Dave Rennie is keen to remain at the Hamilton-based franchise even though he has little chance of coaching the All Blacks one day.

Rennie has previously stated that he hopes to coach overseas when his current contract with the Chiefs ends after the upcoming Super Rugby season.

But he told Yahoosport that he wants to stay, and hopes to delay his move abroad until 2017.

Rennie is ready to bide his time before making the step up to Test level and said it makes sense for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen and his backroom staff to sign new contracts with the New Zealand Rugby Union.

The NZRU hope to have Hansen re-signed by Christmas, but it’s not a hard deadline they’re working to.

Meanwhile, NZRU chief executive Steve Tew said they are busy with contract negotiations with several players for beyond 2015.

“May not be too long before there’s some announcements in that regard,” he said.

“There’s some of the guys we know will either go into retirement or elsewhere post Rugby World Cup.

“We’re very keen for as many of those decisions to be well and truly done in the early part of the year so they’re not a distraction.”

Tew said, as part of the negotiating process, the NZRU were encouraging as many players as possible to consider a Sevens option with a view to the Rio Olympics in 2016.