In just his first season as Head Coach of the BNZ Crusaders, Scott Robertson lead the side to their eighth Super Rugby title in 2017.
Rugby: The BNZ Crusaders created history when they beat the Lions in Johannesburg earlier this month, becoming the first team to travel to South Africa and return with the Super Rugby trophy. In steering the team to victory, Robertson became the only coach to hold the Ranfurly Shield, Mitre 10 Cup and Super Rugby trophies concurrently and the first person to win a Super title as both a player and a coach.
The former Crusaders, Canterbury and All Blacks loose forward had previously been the Head Coach of the Canterbury national provincial team from 2013-2016, guiding the team to three Premiership titles in that role. He also assisted the 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.
Robertson 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.
He is highly regarded as a great communicator and strategist who helps players to thrive under his leadership.
During his playing career, Robertson earned 86 caps for the Crusaders, including four titles as a player between 1998-2002. He played 23 tests for the All Blacks, following his debut in 1998 as All Black #974. Following his international playing 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.
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