Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson has revealed that his potential involvement in next year’s British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa may play a lesser role than many might have anticipated. Rugby enthusiasts can book South Africa Invitational Vs British And Irish Lions Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Much has been made of the prospect of Robertson, who recently guided the Crusaders to a fourth straight title at the Super Rugby level, joining Chiefs boss Warren Gatland on his third tour in charge of the composite team. Speaking at the Country Sports Breakfast in Gold AM last week, Robertson said he asked Gatland about joining him on the tour and offered his services.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson reveals how he intends to help the British & Irish Lions
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson reveals how he intends to help the British & Irish Lions

“Once I missed the All Blacks job, I went up to Gats and asked if I could go on that tour,” he said. “I thought, see if I can’t get involved with the All Blacks, what is the most important, or actually greatest in itself, the Lions tour? I said ‘look, I’d love to help you if I can.”

Lan McGeechan

Since then, his interest in a possible coaching position has been rejected by former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, who wrote in The Daily Telegraph that Robertson’s enthusiasm was “flattering” but that a place on the coaching staff it should be reserved for someone who knows Lions. Players “intimately”.

However, Robertson told Stuff he doesn’t want to join the Lions coaching staff at someone else’s expense, but in a support role. The 46-year-old raised the possibility of potentially helping defense coach Andy Farrell or helping with a specific positional group, such as loose forwards.

“I’m happy to help Andy Farrell with defense, to have a more specialized role that allows him to get the best out of the group, he told Stuff. You need a hand. You have test matches and matches during the week. The coaching staff is great, they have a lot of players on Lions tours.”

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson reveals how he intends to help the British & Irish Lions
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson reveals how he intends to help the British & Irish Lions

Scott Robertson

However, Robertson revealed that he had not yet received any indication from Gatland on whether he would join the former Wales coach on the tour, and confirmed that he would not speak on the matter again until a decision has been made.

“Once again, it was an opportunity for me to grow as a person and teach with people with different mindsets and abilities and to be in such a special group. Nothing has changed since that, he told Stuff. I’m waiting to see. If I can help, it will be great.”

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