Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has signaled his interest in the All Blacks head coaching job after Steve Hansen announced he will leave the side after next year’s Rugby World Cup.
Hansen confirmed his decision at a press conference in Auckland on Friday.
After last month saying he expressed interest if the role was vacant, Robertson reiterated to Stuff that he is interested in the position.
“It’s not just your region, but it’s everyone and everyone has got an opinion,” Robertson told Stuff. “Over the next year, it’s a real good chance for me to contemplate what it looks like for me if the timing is right. I’m an aspirational coach and if the timing is right I’ll have a crack.”
Robertson also commented on Hansen’s decision to step away.
“You sort of had an inkling. If you’re going to say this early on about what you’re thinking it probably gives the indication he was going to stand down. It’s the right thing for Steve.”
“There’s a lot of other guys than can do the job as well. It’s something I’d love to do if the time was right. We’ll find out in 10 months time or something like that and just go through the process.”
“You look at everything every time this thing comes up,” Robertson told the New Zealand Herald earlier this year.
“When you are a coach, you have to look at all the options – that’s what I’m doing at the moment.
“The All Black job doesn’t come up that often does it? When it does, you have to have a really good look at it.
“The decision from Steve (Hansen) will play a really big part of it.”
Hansen has been involved with the All Blacks since 2004, and coached Robertson during his tenure with both Canterbury and the Crusaders.
Robertson has coached the Crusaders to consecutive Super Rugby titles in 2017 and 2018, and will be looking to three-peat for the second time in franchise history next year.
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