Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has confirmed he has reached out to Warren Gatland to express interest in forming part of the British & Irish Lions coaching group next year.
Robertson, who missed out on the All Blacks coaching job, told a New Zealand radio show that he has turned his attention to the possibility of taking up a role with the Lions.
‘Once I missed the All Blacks job I actually reached out to Gats and asked him if I could go on that tour [to South Africa],’ Robertson said.
‘I thought, look if I can’t be involved with the All Blacks, what’s the biggest thing – or actually bigger in its own self – the Lions tour – to get involved.’
Robertson recently led the Crusaders to the Super Rugby Aotearoa title, and said he was now hoping to be involved in international action.
‘Obviously there’s a lot to work out with Covid and the British & Irish Lions tour. But we had a couple good conversations since and he’s got to go through his line of management to make a decision,’ Robertson said.
‘Obviously Gats has been hugely successful at the international level as a coach, so he’s a person to learn off and also allows me to not have to go offshore to actually coach and get that international experience.’