The All Blacks are backing Dave Rennie’s return to test rugby

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie says there is no chance of Eddie Jones joining his coaching staff for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Jones has spoken to Rugby Australia about a potential future role in the union but Rennie has ruled out the possibility that the former England boss will join the Wallabies backroom staff ahead of the World Cup. Source: Alamy

Legendary All Black Dan Carter admits he was surprised by Dave Rennie’s sacking but favors the coach’s return to the top level.

Rennie was fired earlier this month after a poor Autumn Nations run after a mediocre season. The New Zealand-born coach boasted a 38 per cent winning rate throughout his tenure and was replaced by Eddie Jones, whom England only sacked at the end of last year.

He had the respect of the players

Despite the poor victories, Carter thinks Rennie is a fantastic coach and believes that he is respected by the players.

“I just felt like there was no communication or anything, and then all of a sudden it just came out of nowhere,” Carter told AAP.

“He was highly respected by the players.

“You know he’s a good coach, whether the records showed it or not.”

Carter met Rennie at Super Rugby where the coach led the Chiefs to consecutive titles.

“They were tough,” Carter said of the Rennie Chiefs kit.

“They were really physical, really passionate. They really challenged us a lot and tested us.

“In terms of culture, you often see when teams play for their coach, there is a lot of respect in that. The Chiefs definitely did when he was training there.

“I’m sure he will coach international rugby again in the future.”

Jones’ influence

Meanwhile, Carter mentions that Jones prepares his teams well and has felt in the past that his teams know their opponents very well. The big playmaker believes Jones’ return to the Australian squad will kickstart the Bledisloe Cup.

“Sometimes it felt like they knew what you were going to do before you even did it,” Carter said.

“These are well-prepared pages.

“He just brings out the emotions of the players. He will draw inspiration from the rivalry between New Zealand and Australia.

“We will start with the Bledisloe Cup matches mid-year. It’s going to be a really exciting time to see exactly where these two teams stand. “

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