Super Rugby 2020: Scott Robertson committed to Crusaders despite lucrative overseas coaching offers

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson isn't going anywhere, despite missing out on the All Blacks role.

Three-straight Super Rugby titles, Mitre 10 Cup wins with Canterbury and a successful stint with the New Zealand U20 side weren't enough to beat out Ian Foster for the national team job. 

The international vultures came swooping in, with reports Robertson was offered big money to turn his back on the Crusaders and head to France, but the likeable former All Black loose forward is committed to seeing out his contract to the end of 2021. 

"Look, I've got two more years here at this stage and nothing has changed," Robertson stressed on Thursday.

"You get offers and I had them, but I've got a pretty clear focus with myself, [wife] Jane and my three boys that I want to spend as long as I can in Christchurch, New Zealand, to give them a solid family life."

Robertson admitted he was gutted to miss out on his dream job, believing he would have done a great job in a new environment.

But he has now refocused on creating history, as the Crusaders strive for an unprecedented fourth straight Super Rugby crown.

"It did take a little bit, I'll be honest," he said. "I did a lot of reflecting on the reasons why I didn't get the job.

"Once I focused a little bit more on the future, what it means for me, and how I can get better and looking at opportunities ahead, I got excited about the Crusaders season and the next few years."

The Crusaders have two pre-season games against the Hurricanes and Highlanders, before opening their title defence against Rob Penney's Waratahs in Nelson on February 1.

Robertson is confident his side will be match-hardened for the start of the regular season, despite the short pre-season. 

"You have to be really smart around the amount of information and how you give the information, and also get them set to play a game of rugby.

"We've got a good group of ABs who have come back and they've got a few points to prove themselves around playing well."

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