Scott Robertson hoping to aid the Lions’ defensive resolve

Date published: September 1 2020 - David Skippers

Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson believes that he could help out the British and Irish Lions on the defensive side of the game, but doesn’t expect to take a primary role on the coaching staff.

The 46-year-old, who has led the Christchurch outfit to three successive Super Rugby titles, has offered his services to Warren Gatland for the 2021 series in South Africa.

Although the backroom team has yet to be decided, Andy Farrell was the defensive guru for both the 2013 and 2017 tours.

They claimed a 2-1 victory in Australia before impressively drawing 1-1 against the All Blacks.

Robertson is looking to garner experience at international level having missed out on the New Zealand job and is hoping to receive the call from Lions head honcho Gatland.

“I am happy to help Andy Farrell out with the defence, to have more of a specialised role to allow him to get the best out of the group,” he told Stuff.

“You need a hand. You’ve got Test matches, and midweek games. Coaching staffs are big, they’ve got a lot of players [on Lions tours].

“Again, it’s a chance for me to grow as a person and teach with people with different mindsets and skill sets and be in such a special group. Nothing has changed from that. I’m just waiting to see. If I can help, that will be great.”

The Crusaders hierarchy have already confirmed that Robertson’s potential involvement with the Lions wouldn’t hamper his work at the Christchurch franchise.

However, his contract ends next year and the former back-rower admits that he has some big decisions to make over the coming months.

“Timing is everything in this. My next step, what does it look like? If I sign a couple more years with the Crusaders, that takes me to seven years,’’ Robertson said.

“I’ve got the energy and passion, probably, to go a lot longer, but I’m also mindful of the timing with opportunities elsewhere. All Blacks jobs, international roles, so my eyes are wide open.

“But I’m a Crusader, my loyalty is here. They’ve been great to me. But there is going to be a point in time when I have to make a decision that is right for my coaching career.”