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Rennie a contender for Wales coach

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    18 Dec 2017     Getty Images

One of the short-list contenders is believed to be former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie, who is in the first year of a contract with Glasgow Warriors.

Two other New Zealanders, Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd and former Auckland and Fiji coach Wayne Pivac, now with Llanelli Scarlets in Wales, are also on the list of contenders.

Firmly in Rennie's corner, according to The Rugby Paper, is former All Black, and Chiefs hooker, Hika Elliot.

Now playing with Oyonnax in France, Elliot said his former Chiefs coach would be a perfect fit for Wales, and an asset.

"If you look at all the teams he's coached, he's produced some golden results at all of them and Glasgow are currently top of the table. They call it the 'Rennie factor'.

"You'd be hard pressed to find a more technical, and better, coach than Dave, especially in Europe and I think he would be an asset to Welsh rugby if they decided to go down that route," Elliot said.

"With him coming from a teaching background, his player management is really good and he really gets along with his players.

"If you can create an environment where players feel comfortable and are honest with themselves, you are going to get the best out of them and that's what he does so well," he said.

The Wales Rugby Union have signalled they hope to name their next coach during 2018 in an effort to plan for the future by having a smooth transition in the role.

Elliot said if Rennie was their choice, he would transform Wales' attacking game and would look to play an expansive style of game.

"It has its benefits here in Europe because a lot of sides aren't used to playing teams who like to move the ball.

"It's more set-piece focused over here so when you come up against a side that likes to play the game at pace and has a skill-set to back that up, then teams are hard pressed to try and defend," he said.

Gatland confirmed that he initially intends to take a break after his stint with Wales ends but would then look to a possible Investec Super Rugby coaching role if the opportunity arose.