Crusaders coach Scott Robertson

Robertson says he did everything he could to be All Blacks coach

This week New Zealand Rugby named former assistant Ian Foster as Steve Hansen's replacement with Robertson the only other legitimate contender for the position.

Last night Robertson was named National Coach of the Year at the New Zealand Rugby Awards.

Despite the celebrations for his coaching award, Robertson says he has experienced some disappointment following New Zealand Rugby's decision to bypass him for the All Blacks coaching role.

All Blacks coaching contender throws spanner in the works

44-year old Robertson is currently preparing to begin his third campaign in charge of the Crusaders, with a third consecutive title firmly in his sights.

Robertson’s continued success with Canterbury, the Crusaders and the New Zealand Under 20 side has seen him emerge as a contender to succeed current All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen once he steps away following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

However, a recent Robertson interview has thrown a spanner in the works, with the coach saying that he could also look to head overseas once he is finished in Christchurch.