Rugby: Scott Robertson talked up as next England rugby coach

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is being talked up as the next coach of England's national side, as pressure mounts on incumbent Australian Eddie Jones.

With one game to play in the Six Nations, England can finish no higher than fifth place in Europe's premier international competition. 

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, English rugby reporter Ben Coles threw Robertson's name forward as the ideal man to restore the struggling side.

"At a time where Eddie Jones' motivational messages to this England side appear to be falling on deaf ears, Robertson's ability to influence and inspire his players seems refreshing," Ben Coles says.

"Robertson has nothing left to prove in New Zealand. The All Blacks would be mad not to appoint him in 2023, because if it doesn't happen then, someone else certainly will hire him.

"Where on earth is the former All Black going to go surfing? If Pennyhill Park has to be sacrificed so that Robertson can be closer to the waves in his downtime while he turns England around, then so be it. 

"England need the 'Razor'."

Robertson was overlooked for the All Blacks coaching role in 2019, with former assistant Ian Foster the preferred candidate to take over from Sir Steve Hansen.

That decision came in spite of Robertson's glittering honour roll, boasting four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders, three Mitre 10 Cups with Canterbury, and an Under-20 World Cup with New Zealand's Baby Blacks.

Robertson's current deal with the Crusaders and New Zealand Rugby expires at the end of this year.

Earlier this week, legendary England and British and Irish Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward wrote that Jones' shortcomings need to be addressed.

"Somebody at the Rugby Football Union needs to ask some sharp questions of him," Sir Clive wrote. 

"There is no respected rugby 'brain' asking the difficult questions. What's going on? Why have England produced only one decent performance? Why is the England team not reflective of the fantastic talent we see in the Premiership?

"There is so much England need to address and they need to start right now."

Jones' men have suffered defeats to Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and sit ahead of only Italy - ranked 15th in the world - on the Six Nations ladder.