NZ Rugby World

Pressure Gauge


Somewhere close to zero. Scott Robertson has done as well as anyone could have expected since his arrival at the Crusaders five years ago. He has a perfect record in terms of winning championsh­ips and his loss in terms of missing out on the All Blacks’ head coaching role is the Crusaders’ gain.

The Crusaders will again be favourites this year and will likely make it five in a row. Robertson is a hugely popular figure in the wider Crusaders community and is backed by an increasing­ly efficient organisati­on at their Rugby Park headquarte­rs where the Crusaders’ general manager of profession­al rugby, Angus Gardiner, a former loose forward from Robertson’s era, is a key operator.

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