Scott Robertson: Crusaders coach reveals reason for Eddie Jones meeting

Dylan Coetzee
Scott Robertson walking.

Scott Robertson walking.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has explained why he met up with England coach Eddie Jones in Australia before the third Test against the Wallabies and outlined his ambitions for the future.

Robertson has been a name in the mix to succeed Jones, but it may be unlikely, with the Rugby Football Union claiming earlier this year that an Englishman would be preferred.

Options open

The 47-year-old realised after not being selected as All Blacks coach that it is important to keep options open and acknowledged that he cannot stay at the Crusaders forever.

“Look, I caught up with Eddie but it wasn’t anything to do with the job, it was more, well he texted me. We have a good relationship and he is always watching rugby and stuff, so I just caught up with him briefly and had a chat,” Robertson said on the Big Jim Show.

“My best mate lives over there and I went to the game with him, took the wife over, and it was just a great experience, it was good to get away to Sydney for the weekend.

“Look, what I learned from last time, especially around the All Blacks stuff, is you have to keep your options open. 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 last in a job forever so I am open. It’s probably the way I can answer it.

“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 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 after France next year). I want to get to two or three and test myself, push myself. I am open (to offers), yeah.”

Huge ambition

Robertson showed huge ambition as he outlined a goal to win the World Cup with two different countries.

“I want to win Rugby 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. They are somebody else’s decisions but I would love to win two and have a different expectation, different culture.

“You have got to adapt to the country that you are coaching and get the best out of them. It’s when someone goes, ‘How did he do that? That is pretty special. He won seven championships with his club and then gone away and done that’. People will go, ‘Okay, he has got the group, the players will play for him’.”

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