Published: 11:24 | 29/4/20

Rennie calls for PRO14 cancellation


Outgoing Glasgow head coach Dave Rennie says the current PRO14 campaign should be cancelled with Leinster declared champions.

New Zealander Rennie, who is set to succeed Michael Cheika as Australia head coach next term, believes it is impractical to re-start the current season in late summer or autumn as a number of clubs will have lost coaches and/or players as their contracts wind down.

"Clearly, in the time frames that we started with, we are not going to be playing rugby in June," he said.

"So that complicates issues obviously for players and the coaching staff who may or may not be here beyond that point.

"There’s a lot of people dying and all over the world people have lost their jobs, the whole world is taking pay cuts. I guess the importance of getting back playing doesn’t really rank with the things I have mentioned.

"Whatever decision is made needs to have integrity involved because to try and push the finals back in August and play with whoever is here, I’m just not sure that will do it justice.

"We have seen other comps just reward the team that’s leading. It’s hard to argue that Leinster, unbeaten all year, miles in front of the competition, it’s hard to not just award them the comp."

Although Celtic Rugby and PRO14 chief executive Martin Anayi has expressed confidence that the season could re-start behind closed doors in late summer, Rennie, whose Glasgow outfit have struggled to find the consistency that took them to the grand final last season, believes it would be better to allow the players to get a proper rest ahead of the new campaign.

"All of the decisions have got to be made around player welfare on one hand and what's best for the state of the country," he added.

"I don’t think they are going to rush into relaxing laws.

"What we really want is some sort of clarity from the PRO14 as to what the future looks like. Because at the moment players are in limbo, everyone is still training hard in the hope that maybe we will come back and play some footy.

"I just worry about the effect that will have into next season if they continue to train and eventually we get a date and try to finish this season and go straight into next season.

"I just want to make sure they are not trying to flog the players and they end up with a 13 or 14-month season."

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