Gregor Townsend will become Scotland coach next season.
The Scottish Rugby Union shocked the rugby world yesterday, when they announced that Gregor Townsend would replace Vern Cotter as coach of the national team at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Although many foresaw Townsend’s appointed, Cotter had arrested Scotland’s slide into the doldrums, and was a refereeing decision away from beating Australia at the 2015 World Cup.
In turn, we imagined Glasgow would struggle to find a replacement of Townsend’s calibre. However, Scottish rugby fans were treated to a second surprise announcement in 24 hours, after the Warriors unveiled Dave Rennie as their new coach.
Rennie led the Chiefs to back to back Super Rugby titles in 2012 and 2013, and was one of the coaches tipped to replace Steve Hansen as All Black supremo in 2019. Therefore the capture of Rennie on a two year deal represents a massive coup for the Warriors. In a statement published on the Warriors’ website, Rennie said,
I am delighted to be appointed to the Head Coach role at Glasgow Warriors. 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. 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.
Over the last number of seasons Glasgow fans have been treated to some terrific rugby under Townsend, something that is likely to continue with the appointment of Rennie.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena