Incoming Wallabies coach Rennie set to leave Glasgow early

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by Beth Newman

Dave Rennie will be free to focus fully on his Wallabies duties next week after agreeing to leave Glasgow a month earlier than planned.

Rennie was initially slated to officially start with the Wallabies on July 1, after Glasgow's Pro 14 and European campaigns finished up, though he has been in constant communication with assistants Scott Wisemantel and Matt Taylor while in Scotland.

With the coronavirus pandemic putting sport around the world on hold, the Warriors announced that Rennie had opted to hand over to Scotland assistant Danny Wilson a month early, ending his Scottish stint on June 1.

Glasgow Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys said with Australian sport beginning to return and the Pro14's resumption still unclear, it made sense for Rennie to leave early.

Dave Rennie is set to leave Glasgow early. Photo: Getty Images"We’ve agreed that this is the right time for Danny Wilson to formally begin his role as head coach of Glasgow Warriors," he said in a statement.

“The original plan was for Danny to come in after the Guinness Six Nations and shadow Dave and his coaching team for the rest of this campaign. We appreciate Dave’s willingness to be open and supportive, as this would have given Danny an excellent head start on next season.

“However, given that the 2019/20 season remains suspended for the foreseeable future, we felt that the best thing for the club would be to let Danny get started.

“With sport in Australia planning to return soon, making the change now will also allow Dave to begin his new role as head coach of the Australian national team.

“We are grateful to Dave for everything he has done for our club over the past three seasons, and particularly for how he has been supportive of the current situation, as well as his willingness to share his vast coaching knowledge with all of our coaches.

It's unclear when the new Test coach will officially be on the ground in Australia, still awaiting approval to travel to his new home.

Once he does make the trip over, Rennie will have to spend two weeks in isolation in a Sydney hotel before being able to do any face-to-face work.

“When Dave and Stephanie are able to safely make the journey home, they will leave with the best wishes of everyone at Glasgow Warriors," Bombrys said.

“Should we get the opportunity to conclude the 2019/20 season, we will do so under the guidance of Danny Wilson. Danny has already been hard at work planning the squad and preparing for the new season, under highly unusual circumstances, and we are all looking forward to working with him over the coming seasons.”