Rugby News: ‘I want to win the RWC with two countries’

Scott Robertson continued to put pressure on New Zealand rugby for its future with another comer and ask me to compete in the Test Nations.

Robertson made headlines in New Zealand today after appearing on a podcast where he says he is ready to coach a team at the World Cup, and revealing his conversations with Eddie Jones, who will end up in charge from England next year.

Jim Hamilton’s latest podcast appearance on The Big Jim Show comes exactly four weeks after Robertson told Fox Sports’ Christy Doran he would consider coaching the Wallabies and any other Test nation if he continues to be shunned by New Zealand.

The Crusaders manager’s timing will be particularly infuriating for the man who beat him to the AB job in 2019, with Ian Foster under huge pressure after four defeats in five Tests.

Robertson told ex-Scotland Test player Jim Hamilton that his rejection by New Zealand rugby after the 2019 World Cup taught him to “keep your options open”.

“If New Zealand rugby wants me, so much the better,” he said. “If there is another country – I wouldn’t go to a club now – I really want to go to the Rugby World Cup. I really want to go as a couple.

“It’s a job (All Blacks coach) and when someone doesn’t give it to you, you have to think differently, about the opportunities that are available to you.

“I’m 47, I’ll be 52 by the time the next Rugby World Cup… I want to go to two or three and test myself, push myself. I’m open [to offers]Yes.”

Robertson said his main goal was to win the World Cup with New Zealand.

“I want to win the World Cup, but I want to win it with two different countries. I’ve never said that publicly before, but it would transcend,” he said.

“It would be great to win a World Cup with your own country, which I want to do. That’s the most important thing.

“But I would love to do it with another country. I don’t know what order it is.

“I don’t know how it happens, these decisions are not mine.

“I would like to win two and have a different expectation, a different culture.

“You have to adapt to the country you’re coaching and make the most of it. It’s when someone says ‘how did he do that’? It’s quite special.

Robertson met Jones in Sydney when the Wallabies lost to England in the Test series.

“We have a good relationship. My best friend lives there and I went to the Test with him and it was a great experience.

“I took my wife and it was good to go to Sydney for the weekend.

“You have to keep your options open… I will be entering my seventh year as Crusaders coach next year. I loved it, it was amazing, but nobody lasts forever in a job, so I’m open.

Tahs playmaker joins Force

The Western Force have locked down their scrum-half options for the upcoming Super Rugby Pacific 2023 season with the re-signing of Ian Prior and Henry Robertson joining the Waratahs club

Prior has signed a new two-year contract with the Force after achieving an all-time high of 100e appearance for the club in the memorable Round 15 win over the Hurricanes at HBF Park in the 2022 regular season finale.

The experienced playmaker, who also reached 100 Super Rugby caps in 2021, captained the Force for four seasons between 2018 and 2021 and has been a significant figure on and off the pitch since joining in 2014.

As one of only three Force players to have played 100 games for the club, Prior’s leadership and skill will continue to prove crucial as he enters his tenth campaign in Western Australia.

Prior is committed to helping the Force perform and maintain the strong family culture in 2023 and 2024.

“I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to represent the blue jersey for another two seasons,” said Prior.

“I feel like I’ve played some of my best rugby this year and I always want to keep improving.

“I will look to use my experience to make sure everyone knows what we stand for and what the shirt means to former players, staff, our partners and supporters.”

“It’s an exciting new chapter for the club with the regeneration of the squad and coaching staff. I look forward to building on the legacy that those who came before us have built to ensure that we make them proud of our own contributions.

Robertson joins the Force on a one-year deal from the NSW Waratahs, where he made seven Super Rugby appearances, including two games against the Force.

He found his progress hampered by the exploits of Ben Donaldson and then Tane Edmed in the No.10 shirt.

The 22-year-old, who made his second-round debut last year against the ACT Brumbies, is currently enjoying an impressive Shute Shield campaign with the University of Sydney, with the team sitting in second place.

The former Junior Wallaby said he was looking forward to reuniting with some familiar faces from the Force team ahead of the upcoming season.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to enter a new environment to meet and work with new people,” explained Robertson.

“I’ve worked with Tom Robertson, Ryan McCauley and George Poolman before, with whom I spoke about the club. I’m really looking forward to joining a hard-working group.

“I want to play rugby consistently at Super Rugby level. I aim to take every opportunity to develop my game and play senior rugby as much as possible.

Michalak helps the Cronulla sharks

The Cronulla Sharks have brought in French rugby legend Frederic Michilak to boost the kicking games of their halves Matt Moylan and Nicho Hynes.

Coach Craig Fitzgibbon worked with the 77 Test star in 2019 at the Roosters, where the French ace assisted Luke Keary.

“I had a quick look on Google and searched him on YouTube to see his strengths when he arrived,” Moylan said.

“It’s good to have someone of his stature around the club.

“He’s been with us for the past few weeks and it’s been nice working with him.

“He mainly works on how we hit the ball and has been focused on helping us get a better routine (in our kicking action).

“Wade (Graham) speaks a little French at home and I tried to pick up some…but I’m hopeless.”

Holland covers AB ‘rejection’

Hurricanes manager Jason Holland says he would like to lure former All Blacks center Ngani Laumape to Super Rugby but is not fond of his chances.

The 15-Test No.12, whose last outing was against Australia in 2020, has returned to New Zealand after completing the final year of a three-year, multimillion-dollar move to Stade Français.

“I would still be interested in Ngani,” Holland told Stuff. “If he wanted to play in New Zealand I would be really interested but I think at this stage unless something changes massively in NZ Rugby he will probably head overseas when the NPC comes to an end.

“Who knows? He’s the kind of number 12 that’s pretty vital in rugby these days.

Prior to his departure, Laumape spoke about the offer he received from NZR.

“Yeah, quite disappointing,” Laumape said in June 2021. “I think I offer something to the midfielder that no other midfielder in New Zealand can offer. At the end of the day, it’s a company, they did what they had to do and I have to do what is best for me, my family and my children. There are no hard feelings, I understand that is what it is is.

The All Blacks have barely been settled at No 12 with Jack Goodhue, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Quinn Tupaea all used up and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck just making his debut.

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