Mak­ing Scott Robert­son Coach of the Cru­saders

NZ Rugby World - - 2017 The Year In Review -

The for­mer All Blacks loose for­ward is the most un­likely coach. He’s a bit out there is Ra­zor – a surfy dude from the Hawke’s Bay who is fa­mously good at break danc­ing.

But while he’s un­con­ven­tional, he’s got some­thing crazily good go­ing on as a coach. Leg­end has it that when the Cru­saders board in­ter­viewed him for the job, they were wor­ried about the play­ers con­nect­ing with him.

Ra­zor said to go ask them what they think and the board came back blown away by how force­ful the play­ers were in their de­sire to play for Robert­son.

Bot­tom line is that he got every­thing right in his first year. He had the Cru­saders play­ing dy­namic, direct rugby and they won their first ti­tle since 2008. He ended the agony for the club and re­stored the Cru­saders to what they see as their right­ful place at the top of the Su­per Rugby tree.

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