Scott Robertson signs new three-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders

Crusaders have won three Super Rugby and two Super Rugby Aotearoa titles under Scott Robertson (left)
Crusaders have won three Super Rugby and two Super Rugby Aotearoa titles under Scott Robertson (left)
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Scott Robertson has committed his immediate future with New Zealand Rugby and Crusaders after signing a new three-year deal.

Robertson took in charge of Crusaders in 2017 and since then had a tremendous success with the club having guided them to three Super Rugby titles between 2017 and 2019 along with two Super Rugby Aotearoa titles that came in 2020 and 2021. Under him, Crusaders recorded 71 wins, four draws and nine defeats.

The 46-year-old also worked with Canterbury and New Zealand Under 20 sides before heading to Crusaders.

Robertson was also linked with New Zealand's coaching role when Steve Hansen left the position before Ian Foster eventually was named as the head coach post 2019 World Cup.

“I love this team, and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to achieve on and off the field over the past five seasons, for the people of the Crusaders region,” he said.

“The opportunity to continue to lead a world-class coaching group, in a club where everyone is really connected – from the board, through to staff and the team on the field – is truly special.

“The Crusaders have helped me grow so much as a coach and a person, and I value the relationship I have with our playing group, they challenge me every day. The best is yet to come from this team, so I’m excited to confirm my coaching future in New Zealand.

“I also want to thank my family for their support. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them, and I’m fortunate that they share my passion for this club and our Crusaders family.”

Robertson also played in 23 Tests for New Zealand between 1998 and 2002 and also had featured for Crusaders between 1996 and 2003 during which he won three consecutive Super Rugby titles in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge is delighted with Robertson remaining with the club for next three seasons.

“We’re really lucky to have Razor re-commit to the club. Not only does he have special skill around storytelling and bringing a vision and values to life, but he also has exceptional technical skills as a coach that truly set him apart.

“Razor’s enthusiasm and eternal optimism is infectious and permeates our whole organisation, so we are thrilled with today’s announcement.

"I know that fans across the Crusaders region will also be pleased to see such a popular coach continue to lead this team as he has done so successfully for the past five seasons.”