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'Into the Blackness': Scott Robertson shares his theme for new All Blacks

By Ben Smith
Head Coach Scott Robertson speaks during the New Zealand All Blacks 2024 season launch at NZCIS on June 26, 2024 in Upper Hutt, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

All Blacks head coach Scott Robertson has shared some of the details around his theme for the All Blacks in his first year in charge.


The Super-coach who won seven Super Rugby titles in seven years with the Crusaders is renown for his theming, but they often remain a closely guarded secret.

Speaking to members of the public and sections of media at the All Blacks season launch in Wellington, Robertson shared his “together, we walk” theme with the young school children in attendance.

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“Together is a connection piece,” Robertson said. “We come together from all over the country. These players have been given a gift from their mum and dad to play our great game of rugby.

“It draws them to be here right now. It’s our time in the black jersey to show that gift. We’ve come together but also our nation, our country, comes together.

“The All Blacks, the black jersey, is something that connects us, not just here but here in New Zealand but on the world stage. And we walk together.

“We’re representing the past players that went before us that left deep footprints and now it’s our chance to walk forward into the blackness.


“It’s something that’s beautiful and a gift that we’ve been given from the past and then we create a future for all you young future Black Ferns and All Blacks.”

Robertson’s ability to bring together a group of players around a cause is considered one of his strongest assets with the theme binding it all together.

After naming his first All Blacks squad of the year on Monday, Robertson and his coaching staff have just over a week to prepare for their first Test in charge.

The All Blacks will take on England under the roof in Dunedin next Saturday in what will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2022 and first on New Zealand soil since 2014.


Just two England players remain from the 2014 squad that lost 3-0, in the backs Henry Slade while in the forwards prop Joe Marler returns.

The All Blacks have three players remaining for that squad, first five Beauden Barrett, halfback TJ Perenara and lock Patrick Tuipulotu.

Watch the exclusive reveal-all episode of Walk the Talk with Ardie Savea as he chats to Jim Hamilton about the RWC 2023 experience, life in Japan, playing for the All Blacks and what the future holds. Watch now for free on RugbyPass TV


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Flatcoat 25 days ago

Looking forward to finding out…

BlueMoonday 27 days ago

He will get the buy in.
This guy is a new breed of coach but with the old school pedigree foundation.
Might take time but all good things do 🖤

Jacque 27 days ago

Spoiler. He’ll get the sack after 18 months.

Utiku Old Boy 27 days ago

Robertson’s “themes” have been a focus of success for his teams. Sometimes simple rally points are best. Let’s see if he gets buy-in.

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