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Robertson signs until 2021 with Crusaders

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Sunday, February 17, 2019    Getty Images

Robertson said he and his wife had talked and Christchurch was where they wanted to be. The 86-game Crusader and 69-game Canterbury loose forward also played 23 Tests for the All Blacks between 1998-2002. As a player he shared in four Super Rugby triumphs and has achieved two as a coach – the first winning player to also coach a team to Super Rugby success.

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He set out on his first-class coaching career as an assistant coach with Canterbury between 2008-12 and then winning three national titles as head coach from 2013-2016. Robertson coached the NZ Under-20 team to the world championship title in 2015.

"I had already signalled my commitment to New Zealand Rugby and this 2019 campaign with the Crusaders, but this announcement ensures I can now focus on the task at hand and move forward with certainty around my coaching future," he said.

He wanted to continue working with what he described was 'a group of incredible players' and the coaching staff and management group who work with them all.

Crusaders chief executive Colin Mansbridge was delighted with the signing.

"Razor's rugby nous and coaching capabilities go without saying, but it's his unique ability to connect with his players, our staff and our community, that truly makes him such an instrumental leader and endears him to our fans.

"We are fortunate to have a coach who cares deeply about his players, and injects so much heart and personality into Crusaders rugby."

Mansbridge said it had been a priority to retain Robertson and he was thankful for the support of NZR for assisting them achieve it.

NZR chief executive Steve Tew said the success achieved by the Crusaders under Robertson's coaching had been good for the New Zealand game.

"Razor's recommitment to stay in New Zealand is one to be celebrated by Crusaders and New Zealand rugby fans. His energy and passion for rugby is relentless and his outstanding sense of humour is infections. He doesn't miss an opportunity to tell me he is our best ever signing," he said.