'Massive coup': Rugby Australia announce new Wallabies coach

New Zealander Dave Rennie is the new Wallabies coach, having signed a three-and-a-half year deal through till the end of the 2023 World Cup.

Rennie replaces Michael Cheika who chose not to seek re-appointment following Australia's World Cup quarter-final exit.

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Currently in charge of Glasgow Warriors in Scotland, 55-year-old Rennie coached New Zealand's Chiefs to Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013.

Rennie becomes the Wallabies' second non-Australian coach, following countryman Robbie Deans who led the side from 2008 to 2013.

"I've been coaching professionally for over 20 years and wherever I've gone, I've immersed myself in the community and culture. I believe I can make a difference here," Rennie said.

"There are some outstanding young men coming through the schools system.

Kiwi coach Dave Rennie has a wealth of experience at Super Rugby level. Pic: Getty

"I want to create a strong connection with the Super Rugby and national age grade coaches and help them achieve their goals, which will benefit the Wallabies in time."

Because of his commitments with Glasgow in the Pro14, Rennie will take up the post with Australia in July.

"This is a massive coup for Australian rugby, Dave Rennie was the clear standout candidate for the job, and we're thrilled to have secured his services," Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle said.

"Dave's coaching philosophy focuses equally on football and team culture, the key pillars to building sustainable success in any team. He has a proven track record in the northern and southern hemisphere.

"Between now and June, the Wallabies assistant coaches and director of rugby Scott Johnson will take the lead in working with the players under Dave's guidance and direction."