Rugby: Scott Robertson not interested in All Blacks assistant role

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has revealed he's only interested in being the next All Blacks head coach.

Robertson won't consider being an assistant in the process to appoint Steve Hansen's successor.

He's wary you don't get many shots at being the All Blacks coach.

"The opportunity doesn't come around that often," Robertson told Newshub. "So, like I said before, I'm in."

The argument for Robertson is success. He's never lost a championship as a first-class coach across six years of provincial and Super Rugby.

But there are two common arguments against the 45-year-old.

One appears counterintuitive - he's never learnt from failure.

The other is - unlike Jamie Joseph and Dave Rennie - he's never coached overseas, although he has played four years in France.

Robertson admits his application's already suffered a setback with the loss of attack guru Tony Brown to Joseph's campaign.

"It was a tough phone call to take. We had planned for a while to work together, so he has shown his hand with Jamie and shown his loyalty." 

That means he's now recruiting his own assistants and can't completely focus on the Crusaders pre-season.

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