Beauden Barrett Wallabies appear set for All Blacks’ coaching leftovers – again

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New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey discusses the panel selected to choose the next All Blacks coach.

A high-octane battle to be next All Blacks coach is under way and Australian rugby could be waiting to scoop up their pick of the leftovers, in a repeat of the Robbie Deans coup 12 years ago.

The trans-Tasman rivals are chasing successors to Michael Cheika and Steve Hansen after both fell short of their targets at the Rugby World Cup.

Beauden Barrett Dave Rennie has been heavily linked to the Wallabies' coaching role, but he's also been contacted by NZ Rugby.

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Dave Rennie has been heavily linked to the Wallabies’ coaching role, but he’s also been contacted by NZ Rugby.

Replacements are expected to be announced by Christmas but while New Zealand Rugby’s main contenders are relatively clear cut, mystery surrounds the Australian process.

It was widely believed Rugby Australia’s director of rugby Scott Johnson had Dave Rennie in his sights to succeed Cheika and become the second Kiwi coach of the Wallabies after Deans.

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However, Rennie is among a handful of prominent names invited by NZR to apply for the vacant All Blacks post and he said he was “humbled” by the approach.

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