Scott Robertson will lead the All Blacks after the 2023 Rugby World Cup Live, according to New Zealand Rugby.
The departure of the current manager, Ian Foster, was already announced before to the tournament in France.
New Zealand has had a difficult couple of years by their standards, losing a home Test series to Ireland for the first time ever.
The search for his replacement is already done because Crusaders head coach Robertson will take over the role before the conclusion of the year.
A four-year contract that the 48-year-old has signed will retain him in that role as coach until the end of the Australia 2027 World Cup.
In 2019, “Razor” had been a contender to succeed Steve Hansen as the head coach, but Foster was chosen by New Zealand Rugby.
After taking over in 2017, Robertson has led the Crusaders to six league championships, making him a Super Rugby winning veteran.
It’s an honor to be named the new All Blacks head coach, Robertson said in a statement following the announcement.
Although the position carries a great deal of responsibility, I’m thrilled to have the chance to add to the history of the black jersey.
Being given the opportunity to serve your country as a coach or player is the highest honor in sports, so just getting the chance is an honor. I cannot wait.
Patsy Reddy, chairwoman of New Zealand Rugby, said, “The decision to designate the next All Blacks head coach ahead of the Rugby World Cup was not taken lightly, but we feel it was the right option for New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks and will set the team up for future success.
Despite his success at the club level and 23 All Blacks caps, Roberton has never coached at the international level.
Although Scott Robertson enjoys surfing and is skilled at riding waves, managing the All Blacks Live may prove to be the most difficult job he has ever had because failure is almost a given.
The post is burdened by the expectations of a nation that is infatuated with sports and a public that is ready to call for resignations when performances on the field fall short, as current chief Ian Foster is all too aware.
Even if the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup, which is still five months away, Foster has already been declared unable to hold the position after it.
Despite leading New Zealand to both Rugby Championship championships since taking over in 2019, Foster lost the public’s favor following.
Foster lost support from the general public after New Zealand’s first home series loss to Ireland and their first home test loss to Argentina last year, despite leading them to both Rugby Championship victories since taking over in 2019.
But, Robertson has long had strong backing, and during the team’s 2022 slump, a large number of supporters campaigned for him to take Foster’s place.
Since taking over the Canterbury Crusaders in 2017, the former Test loose forward has only experienced success, helping the team win six Super Rugby championships.