'The ultimate honour': Crusaders' Scott Robertson announced as next All Blacks head coach
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'The ultimate honour': Crusaders' Scott Robertson announced as next All Blacks head coach

It's official.

Scott Robertson has just been announced as the next All Blacks coach, and will take over next year, after the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Scott’s currently the head coach of the Crusaders but is also well known for his incredible breakdancing. 

Robertson’s record running the ‘saders is undeniable. He’s won six consecutive Super Rugby Titles and the Canterbury team always has a target on their back as the team to beat.

“It’s an honour to be named as the next All Blacks head coach,” Robertson said at the press conference at NZ Rugby HQ in Wellington. “It’s a job that comes with a huge amount of responsibility, but I’m excited by the opportunity to make a contribution to the legacy of the black jersey.

“To represent your country, as a coach or player, is the ultimate honour in sport and it’s humbling to be given that opportunity. I can’t wait.”

“Having significant time to plan for 2024 and beyond is crucial to setting the All Blacks up for success during the next World Cup cycle,” he added.

“I have a job to do with the Crusaders and that will be my main focus through to the completion of Super Rugby, but I will now have the opportunity to work with NZR to get some key appointments in my coaching and management team finalised, so we can hit the ground running next year.“ 

Dame Patsy Reddy, NZ Rugby’s board chair, said they were many worthy applicants, but they reckon they picked the right fella for the job. 

We were very happy with the calibre and quality of the people involved and would like to thank all of those who took part in the process,” she said.

“The decision to appoint the next All Blacks head coach ahead of the Rugby World Cup was not taken lightly, but we believe it was the right decision for New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks and will set the team up for future success.”

Big ups to Scott and go the bloody ABs!