Dave Rennie remains committed to taking over as Australia head coach despite the departure of CEO Raelene Castle last week.
Castle resigned her role at Rugby Australia after being told she no longer had the support of its board, with chairman Paul McLean later saying concerns over her mental well-being after “abhorrent” social media “bullying” played a part in the board’s thinking.
Her departure led to speculation Rennie may reconsider his post, with Castle said to have been an influential factor in his decision to take the Wallabies’ top job.
But Rennie, who was reportedly sounded out about replacing Steve Hansen as New Zealand coach, will join up with Australia, though when that might be remains a little unclear as the Glasgow Warriors coach awaits news on whether the Pro14 and European Champions Cup can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I am really gutted at the decision to move Raelene on,” Rennie told reporters.
“She is a big part of the reason I signed with Australia. I was really impressed by her. She had a real clean plan over what the next few years looked like.
“I am really disappointed. But she exited with dignity and class. I am disappointed with the decision but clearly I want a chat with the board and [to] get clarity over what the plan looks like now.
“I am still very committed and we have been doing a lot of work in and around preparation for when the new season comes around.”
Rennie added that he remains in constant contact with RA over when exactly his job can begin, with travel restrictions in place due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
“I’ve been in constant contact – probably every second day I’m talking to people in Australia,” Rennie added.
“Scott Johnson [RA’s director of rugby], who also played a big part in getting me over there, we’re talking all the time.
“We’ve got a management group that’s trying to drive stuff and connect with Super Rugby coaches.
“The relationship with all Super Rugby clubs has been really good and has made a difference. We’re all trying to work together to improve the athletes, especially when they’re isolated.”
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