Scott Robertson has been appointed the next head coach of New Zealand Rugby. He will take over from current head coach Ian Foster from 2024. Robertson’s four-year contract runs until the end of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.
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Robertson played 23 times for the All Blacks as All Black No 974.
With the Crusaders, as their head coach, he won six consecutive Super Rugby titles, and with Canterbury, he won three premierships.
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Despite being heavily linked with other coaching positions in Test rugby, Robertson said in a statement that: “It’s an honour to be named as the next All Blacks head coach. It’s a job that comes with a huge amount of responsibility, but I’m excited by the opportunity to make a contribution to the legacy of the black jersey. To represent your country, as a coach or player, is the ultimate honour in sport and it’s humbling to be given that opportunity. I can’t wait.”
However, NZR chair Dame Patsy Reddy also said of the Scott Robertson All Blacks deal: “We congratulate Scott on his appointment and look forward to working together in 2024, but have also been clear that New Zealand Rugby’s full support this year will be focused on the current All Blacks coaching team as we look toward the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.”
And Robertson himself added: “Having significant time to plan for 2024 and beyond is crucial to setting the All Blacks up for success during the next World Cup cycle. I have a job to do with the Crusaders and that will be my main focus through to the completion of Super Rugby, but I will now have the opportunity to work with NZR to get some key appointments in my coaching and management team finalised, so we can hit the ground running next year.”