Wilson to lead Glasgow Warriors from the start of June

Wilson to lead Glasgow Warriors from the start of June

Danny Wilson will assume the position of Glasgow Warriors Head Coach from Monday 1 June, a month sooner than originally intended.

The transition of Wilson — who has been Forwards Coach with
the Scotland national team since August 2018 — and outgoing head coach Dave
Rennie has been brought forward at the agreement of all parties to allow both
coaches to give their undivided attention to their new roles and be ready for
when rugby returns.

Glasgow Warriors Managing Director Nathan Bombrys told
glasgowarriors.org: “We’ve agreed that this is the right time for Danny Wilson
to formally begin his role as head coach of Glasgow Warriors.

“The original plan was for Danny to come in after the Guinness
Six Nations and shadow Dave and his coaching team for the rest of this
campaign. We appreciate Dave’s willingness to be open and supportive, as this
would have given Danny an excellent head start on next season.

“However, given that the 2019/20 season remains suspended
for the foreseeable future, we felt that the best thing for the club would be
to let Danny get started.

“With sport in Australia planning to return soon, making the
change now will also allow Dave to begin his new role as head coach of the
Australian national team.

“We are grateful to Dave for everything he has done for our
club over the past three seasons, and particularly for how he has been
supportive of the current situation, as well as his willingness to share his
vast coaching knowledge with all of our coaches.

“When Dave and Stephanie are able to safely make the journey
home, they will leave with the best wishes of everyone at Glasgow Warriors.

“Should we get the opportunity to conclude the 2019/20 season,
we will do so under the guidance of Danny Wilson. Danny has already been hard
at work planning the squad and preparing for the new season, under highly
unusual circumstances, and we are all looking forward to working with him over
the coming seasons.”

Wilson said: “My sincere thanks goes to Dave for providing
me with an extensive handover that has allowed for this early transition.

“Dave, his staff and players have done a great job, leading
the squad to the 2018/19 Guinness PRO14 final, and leaves a solid platform to
develop this squad from for the future.

“We’re now looking forward to getting back to rugby and
starting training as soon as is safe to do so.”

Rennie added: “With no rugby to be played in the next few
weeks, it makes sense for Danny to take charge now.

“The original plan was for Danny to immerse himself in the
club after the Guinness Six Nations to assist with the transition but that
obviously hasn’t been possible.

“I’ve been impressed with Danny. He has used the past couple
of months well, spoken a lot to staff and players and is in a position to put
his stamp on things. I know he’ll do a great job and he’s highly regarded by
our Scottish internationals.”

Scottish Rugby CEO Mark Dodson said: “I’d like to thank Dave
for the work and development he has put into Glasgow Warriors over the past
three seasons.

“He has brought on a young, exciting group of players at
Glasgow over that period, reached a Guinness PRO14 final and led his coaching
group at the club superbly. I’d like to wish him and his family all the best
for the future and his new role with Australia.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Danny bring his excellent
coaching experience to the club and begin making his own mark on the squad as
we look to resume rugby activity in the coming weeks and months.”

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