New Zealand's Rennie to coach Glasgow

London (AFP) - New Zealander Dave Rennie is to coach Glasgow when current boss Gregor Townsend leaves to take charge of Scotland at the end of the season, the Scottish Rugby Union announced on Friday.

Rennie, currently the coach of Super Rugby side Chiefs, will take over from Townsend in June 2017.

Rennie guided the Chiefs to the Super Rugby title in 2013 and has also won two New Zealand domestic cups with the Hamilton side.

He previously coached New Zealand Under-20s to a hat-trick of IRB (now World Rugby) Junior World Championships.

"The opportunity to work with such an exciting group of players at a club that has such big ambitions and a great winning culture was one I couldn't turn down," said Rennie.

"It is no secret I have been interested in coaching abroad and this chance with Scottish Rugby fitted the bill perfectly.

"As a coach you want to test yourself in new environments with new challenges. The work Gregor and his team have done at the Warriors speaks for itself and I am very motivated to continue that success and build the club."

The 52-year-old former Wellington centre and coach has signed a two-year contract.

Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson said: "It is a clear indication of the progress Scottish Rugby and Glasgow Warriors are making that we can attract a coach of Dave's experience to Scotland to work with our players.

"Gregor has developed a great winning culture at Glasgow Warriors and I'm very confident Dave will be able to build on that solid foundation to bring more success to the club.

"We have a group of talented Scottish players at Glasgow and we want to maintain their progress and this appointment will expose them to fresh ideas and new approaches to the game. Dave's experience at the Chiefs and at New Zealand age-grade level can only help to develop them and the team further."