Ben Smith Rugby: Why France should break protocol for Scott Robertson

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By Ben Smith for RugbyPass

Having missed out on the All Blacks’ head coaching role, Scott Robertson will settle into the task of regenerating the Crusaders and gunning for a fourth consecutive Super Rugby title.

The Crusaders’ head coach is contracted for another two years at the franchise until 2021 and will be off-contract later that year. He may have another shot at the All Blacks coaching gig halfway through the next World Cup cycle if New Zealand Rugby’s succession planning goes south.

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However, the demise of the All Blacks over the next two years to the point where the coaching staff is cleaned out is a very unlikely scenario. Foster is at short odds to get a contract extension if he can maintain a strong home record and keep losses at two or fewer a year.

That would mean Robertson will have to look elsewhere if he is to coach at the next World Cup – but that might allow him to tick the box seemingly required in order to coach the All Blacks at a later date.

Despite winning a major title in all but one year of his coaching career so far, one sticking point that is argued against Robertson getting the All Blacks’ top job is his lack of overseas coaching and international-level experience.

Of all the overseas landing spots on offer, the most attractive international coaching destination is France, where the national side has underperformed for nearly a decade but stil

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