Dave Rennie: Guinness PRO14 best competition in Europe

Will Thompson
15 May 2018

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Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie called the Guinness PRO14 the best league in Europe as the season reaches the business end.

Dave Rennie, Glasgow Warriors

Rennie’s men face Scarlets at the Scotstoun in the semi-finals of the competition after finishing at the top of Conference A with 76 points.

After a weekend which saw Leinster overcome Racing 92 to lift the Champions Cup and Cardiff Blues defeat Gloucester to win the Challenge Cup, Rennie praised the calibre of the Guinness PRO14 teams this season.

“I’ve been really impressed, I think it’s the best competition in Europe,” said Rennie.

“What I mean by that is there’s a lot of money and former internationals playing in France but our competition seems to be more positive.

“I’ve been impressed with the quality of the teams and the way they play, highlighted in the Champions Cup as three of the four sides in the semi-finals came from the PRO14.

“I had a good look at the PRO14 last year. Obviously I signed a year before I arrived so I was heavily involved in recruiting and I watched a lot of games.

“There’s all this talk about the English and French clubs but I think the competition in ours is a bit stronger and goes a bit deeper, it’s a real arm wrestle every week.”

Having come from the Chiefs in New Zealand before making his Scotstoun bow this season, the Kiwi believes the quality of rugby is on a similar level, if not more challenging due to the lengthy campaign.

“It’s a bit different to Super Rugby, the conditions you play in are different, and Super Rugby is a sprint compared to this competition.

“Our boys started training June 1st and if we make it through to the final it will be 51 weeks into the competition so it’s a lot different.

“There’d be sides in this competition that would compete really well in Super Rugby though.”

With a chance at making the final of the Guinness PRO14 just one game away, Rennie feels he has a successful group with the Warriors and has been preparing them for glory.

He added: “They’re a fantastic group, a really great bunch of men, we’ve got some real characters and we’ve tried to promote that.

“It’s an outstanding group of coaches here too, I’ve been really impressed with them and we’ve done a great job so far. We’re in a good spot.

“We want to go in and express ourselves, Scarlets want to do the same, it looks like the weather is going to play its part and there’ll be a few extra supporters in the stands.

“We’re really looking forward to the occasion and I think it will be a really great spectacle.”

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