Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is open to putting his name in the mix for the top All Blacks job next year.
On Friday, incumbent Steve Hansen announced his departure following the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Hansen has coached the All Blacks for 96 games so far, losing only eight.
But Robertson boasts a fantastic resume, including three provincial premierships, an U20 World Cup crown and consecutive Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders.
The 44-year-old is contracted to the Crusaders until the end of the 2019 season and Robertson said the All Blacks opportunity would give him something to think about over the summer.
"It's good to get some clarity moving forward and understand the process that there will be a new coach next year," he said.
"There are a lot of other guys who can do the job. It's something that I'd love to do, if the timing's right."
Robertson has coached the Crusaders and Canterbury over the past five years, and is ready to make the next step.
"It's a massive jump, going from Super Rugby to international, I understand that.
"The expectations of the nation are on your shoulder, not just the region."
The former All Blacks flanker also appreciates there will be several worthy candidates lining up for the job.
"It's going to be hotly contested," he said. "If I'm the right man for the job at that time, then great," he said.
"If it's the right time, I'll have a crack."