Scott Robertson: Coaching England would be ‘pretty special’ if Crusaders boss fails to land All Blacks role

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Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has revealed that he would relish the chance to coach England should he once again be overlooked for the New Zealand job.

Roberson is currently in London leading the Barbarians and guided the invitational outfit to a 35-31 triumph over an All Blacks XV on Sunday.

The 48-year-old is currently contracted to the Crusaders until the end of 2024 but has a clause which allows him to leave after the 2023 World Cup should he not land the All Blacks role.

If Ian Foster departs following the global tournament then Robertson will almost certainly take charge of New Zealand, but if he stays on then the former back-row will look elsewhere.

England’s potential

“I’ve said it many times that the All Blacks is my preferred choice but if it didn’t work out that way, you know, England’s got so much potential, it’d be a pretty special job,” he told i.

“There is potential to any international job, I’ll make that clear, because there’s a few coming up (after the 2023 World Cup).

“My first choice is to be at home. And then what other potential, if it is England, Scotland or Australia or any other team that’s out there, you’ve got to look at it.”

Robertson is excited about what the England job could offer, stating: “Oh, god there’s massive potential and some great young players coming through.”

Relationship with NZRU

Despite being overlooked for the All Blacks role in 2019 and then missing out earlier this year when Foster was on the brink of being sacked, Robertson remains committed to New Zealand Rugby.

The potential to lead the All Blacks currently overrides any frustration he may have with the governing body’s decision-making.

That will change, however, if he is not installed as the country’s head coach after the 2023 World Cup has been completed.

“I’m in constant contact with the NZRU, but you consider any opportunity in international football because there’s not many of them and it’s a four-year cycle,” Robertson added.

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