Crusaders coach signs contract extension
Christchurch - Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has confirmed his plans to
remain in New Zealand, announcing he has re-committed to the Crusaders
and New Zealand Rugby for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead a group of
incredible players, alongside a coaching staff and management group who
are passionate about what we do and the organisation we represent,”
Robertson told the Crusaders' official website.
“My family and I are really settled here and when
my wife Jane and I talked about it, this is ultimately where we wanted
to be. I had already signalled my commitment to New Zealand Rugby and
this 2019 campaign with the Crusaders, but this announcement ensures I
can now focus on the task at hand and move forward with certainty around
my coaching future.
“It’s a huge honour to lead this team and
I’m thankful for the support I have been shown by New Zealand Rugby, the
Crusaders Board and the team, in extending my time with the club,”
Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge said the news
is fantastic for the Crusaders organisation, and fans throughout the
region: “Razor’s rugby nous and coaching capabilities go without saying,
but it’s his unique ability to connect with his players, our staff and
our community, that truly makes him such an instrumental leader and
endears him to our fans.
“We are fortunate to have a coach who
cares deeply about his players, and injects so much heart and
personality into Crusaders rugby. It was absolutely a priority to
re-sign him and we're extremely grateful to NZ Rugby for their time and
effort, and working closely with us to achieve this. I’m thrilled that
Scott, Jane and their family have made the decision to remain in New
Zealand,” Mansbridge said.
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) CEO Steve
Tew added: “The Crusaders have enjoyed a very successful period under
Razor and their success has been good for rugby in New Zealand. Razor’s
recommitment to stay in New Zealand is one to be celebrated by Crusaders
and New Zealand rugby fans. His energy and passion for rugby is
relentless and his outstanding sense of humour is infectious. He doesn’t
miss an opportunity to tell me he is our best ever signing!”
former Crusaders, Canterbury and All Blacks loose forward, Robertson
started his provincial rugby playing career with Bay of Plenty in 1995,
before moving to Christchurch where he played 69 games for Canterbury
and 86 Super Rugby matches for the Crusaders. All Black No 974,
Robertson featured in 23 Tests between 1998-2002. During that same
period, he won four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, including
three consecutive titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
international career, he played three seasons for Perpignan in France,
before moving to Japan to join the Ricoh Black Rams - as a player for
one season, and then as a coach.
Robertson assisted the
Canterbury national provincial team to five successive titles between
2008 and 2012, first as the Assistant Forwards Coach for four years and
then as the Assistant Coach in 2012. From 2013-2016 he was Head Coach of
the side, guiding the team to three Premiership titles during that
The 44-year-old has also enjoyed success as Head Coach of
the New Zealand Under 20 team, claiming victory at the 2015 Under 20
World Championship. Prior to that he was the Forwards Coach in 2014.
is now in his third season as head coach of the Crusaders, with a
win-loss record of 35-3 since his first season in charge back in 2017.
He secured back to back Super Rugby titles in the 2017 and 2018
seasons. The Crusaders also made history with their 2017 victory in
Johannesburg, becoming the first team to travel to South Africa for a
Final and return with the Super Rugby trophy. In guiding the team to
that title, Robertson also became the first person to win a Super title
as both a player and a coach.
The Crusaders opened their 2019 Super Rugby campaign with a 24-22 win over the Blues at Eden Park on Saturday.