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Finn Russell Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie

Dave Rennie starts his third and last European campaign with Glasgow Warriors on Saturday
European Champions Cup: Glasgow Warriors v Sale Sharks
Venue:Scotstoun StadiumDate:Saturday, 16 NovemberKick-off:13:00 GMT
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These are significant times for Dave Rennie, with a big game to win with Glasgow against Sale in the opening round of the Champions Cup on Saturday and a big decision to make on whether to formally apply for the vacant All Blacks job, with a deadline of Monday.

What we know about Rennie’s situation is that he will stay with the Warriors until the end of the season when his contract ends. What we also know is that for family reasons he’s minded to head home – or closer to home.

The Kiwi is currently favourite to succeed Michael Cheika as coach of the Wallabies but the All Blacks became another possibility when the NZRFU invited him to apply to become successor to Steve Hansen.

That was hardly a surprise. The union asked 26 coaches if they’d be interested in putting their hat in the ring. Warren Gatland was one of them, but he has declined. So that leaves 25. Of the long list there appears to be four clear frontrunners. Ian Foster, the assistant coach for the last eight years; Jamie Joseph, the celebrated coach of Japan; Scott Robertson, the impressive Crusaders man; and Rennie, who coached New Zealand to three Junior World Cups and coached the Chiefs to two Super Rugby titles.

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“We’ve spent the last six months trying to get a bit of clarity around our future and we’re getting pretty close to making that decision,” he says. “It’ll be clearer in the next couple of weeks. I haven’t applied for the New Zealand job. Applications close on Monday.”

Is he still thinking about applying? “Yeah.” Can he elaborate? “No,” he laughs.

Wayne Smith, the vastly experienced and respected former All Black and assistant coach, talked up Rennie’s chances the other day. It’s a tough one to call.

“It’s a massive sport in our country and it’s a high-profile job and there’s lots of high-quality candidates,” he says. “I tend to keep away from it and don’t read the coverage. Smithy [an old coaching

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