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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson: ‘You have to keep your options open. I’m probably a little more clearly focused.’
Crusaders super coach Scott Robertson wants to coach the All Blacks. That’s the good news from a New Zealand rugby perspective. After that it gets just a little murky.
Robertson, the popular choice to take over the All Blacks’ reins from under-pressure head coach Ian Foster, probably sooner than later, has opened up on his ambitions in the international game in a revealing interview with former Scotland international Jim Hamilton on his ‘ The Big Jim Show’ podcast.
The wildly successful Crusaders coach, who has at least one more year remaining on his deal with NZ Rugby, confirmed he sees his future in test rugby and revealed he wants to lead, not just the All Blacks to World Cup glory, but another country as well.
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The serial winner and former All Blacks loose forward who has delivered a title every year since he took the reins at the Crusaders in 2017 made it clear he is “open” to stepping up to the next level as soon as he can. He has committed to coaching the Barbarians against an “All Blacks XV” in London in November.
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“What I learned from last time, especially around the All Blacks stuff, is you have to keep your options open,” the man they call ‘Razor’ told Hamilton on his popular podcast. “It’s a professional game and I’m probably a little more clearly focused.
“It’s one job (All Blacks coach) and when someone doesn’t give it to you, you have to think differently: what opportunities are out there? I’ll be coming into my seventh year as the Crusaders coach next year, I have loved it all, it has been incredible but no one lasts in a job forever, so I am open.”
Robertson hinted he remained driven to coach his country, but made it clear he had options on the table.
“If New Zealand Rugby want me, great. If there is another club, country… probably country, I wouldn’t go to a club now. I really want to go to the Rugby World Cup, I genuinely want to go to a couple.
“I’m 47 I’ll be 52 by the time the next Rugby World Cup comes around (Australia 2027 follows France next year). I want to get to two or three and test myself, push myself. I’m open [to offers]yeah.”
The extrovert coach, whose ability to connect with the modern player remains his key strength, told Hamilton the idea of guiding multiple countries to global glory appealed deeply to him.
“I want to win the World Cup, but I want to win it with two different countries. I haven’t said it publicly before, but it would transcend,” he said.
“It would be great to win a World Cup with your own country, which I want to do. That is the foremost thing. But I would love to do it with another country. I’m not sure what order it is. I’m not sure how that plays out … those decisions are not mine. But I would love to win two and have a different expectation, different culture.”