Graham Henry, former coach of the All Blacks world champion in 2011, argued that NZ Rugby was wrong not to name Dave Rennie as Steve Hansen’s successor in command of the New Zealand team.
According to Rugby Australia, when the 74-year-old was asked about Ian Foster, he said it was too early to hire him and make the decision. On the other hand, he added that New Zealand Rugby had lost big by not keeping in touch with Dave Rennie, who was named successor to Michael Cheika at the Wallabies on November 20, 2019.
Dave Rennie he’s a fabulous coach, definitely. NZ Rugby should have been connecting with Dave and Jamie Joseph (Japan coach). (But they) didn’t contact Dave Rennie for three years and now he’ll do a great job with Australia, “Henry said, adding:” The All Blacks hadn’t played for a long time and they looked too. They were out of rhythm, but I think they will do a good job at Eden Park. I hope that for the sake of ‘Fozzie’ that happens, circumstantial with the virus and not being able to play has complicated everything “.
Later when during the Wairarapa Bush Rugby Sports Award he was asked to chose between Rennie and Foster, Henry said he would choose the Wallabies coach: “I was previously asked who should coach the All Blacks and I talked a lot about Rennie. However, he went to coach in Glasgow after winning two Super Rugby titles with Chiefs. I think it has it all and, without disrespecting Fozzie, New Zealand Rugby had to keep in touch with players and coaches who had a great influence with professional rugby in this country and they went abroad, but they didn’t do that. If they had done that with Dave Rennie, he would surely have applied for the All Blacks job. “