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Rugby: Five things to know about new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson


Passed by France, "boss" of the Crusaders, very good dancer... The five things to know about Robertson.

He spent three seasons in France

Scott Robertson settled down in 2003 near Perpignan, alongside another great player, Dan Luger.

Expectations were high around the former third line.

But he never really regained his level.

Robertson will have played 54 matches played between 2003 and 2006 including 39 starts and five tries scored as a bonus.



" (

razor in French

) as he is nicknamed, will long remember his stay in France since his son Macklan-Gaultier was born in Perpignan.

Scott Robertson, here against Finau Maka, played three seasons in Perpignan.

Alain MOUNIC/Fep/PanoramiC

Titles in shambles

In 2015, Scott Robertson won, as coach, the title of U20 world champion at the head of the "

Baby Blacks


Became head coach of the Crusaders in 2017, the former flanker will experience many successes.

He will notably win the competition five times with this club (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022).

Note that in 2020, the season had been stopped by the Covid pandemic.

Robertson has built a real winning machine, to the point of becoming, in the eyes of New Zealand fans, the ideal candidate for the post of All Blacks coach.

... But also a great dancer

It's a tradition at the end of the season.

After each victory we play the song ''Hoo-hay Razor''.

There the boys started singing it and I felt my toes tingle.

So I went,

”said Scott Robertson after his first title at the head of the Crusaders in 2017. The New Zealander is indeed known for his breakdance steps during the titles won.

The discipline will also be on the program of the Paris Olympic Games in 2024... What to give him ideas?

The Fijian selection had approached him

With all his success, Scott Robertson has logically been approached by many selections.

Listen, you can come to Tavarua cloud break and come surf some clouds, some barrels, some big waves there and come train the Flying Fijians;

we will give it to you for free, and you can help our boys reach the quarter-finals,

” explained the interim president of the Fijian federation.

In vain.

The New Zealander declined the offer.

A great challenge awaits

If the All Blacks don't want me, I'll go abroad,

” said “


” a few seasons ago.

A statement, which, at the time, had been controversial.

But the New Zealand federation has done everything to ensure that the negotiations go to the end.

Robertson was appointed on Tuesday at the head of the selection and will replace Ian Foster.

The silver fern team must now find some stability.

His performances will be closely scrutinized just a few months before the World Cup and a first shock against the XV of France on the first day.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-03-21

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