Ex-Wallabies coach Rennie appointed Kobe Steelers boss

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Former Australia coach Dave Rennie has been appointed boss of Japanese rugby club Kobe Steelers and will take over from the 2023/24 season

New Zealander Rennie was sacked by Rugby Australia in January after managing a winning record of only 38 per cent since taking over the Wallabies in 2020.

Wesley Clarke was named defence coach of the Steelers, with fellow New Zealander Phil Healey, who worked with Rennie at the Waikato Chiefs and Glasgow Warriors, named head coach of "athletic performance".

A Kobe Steelers announcement did not disclose the length of the contracts.

The Steelers finished ninth in the recently completed 2022/23 season of Japan's top flight League One.