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Report: Leinster Unexpectedly Linked With In-Demand Scott Robertson

Report: Leinster Unexpectedly Linked With In-Demand Scott Robertson
By Rory Cassidy Updated
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Leinster reportedly have their eyes set on bringing in Scott Robertson to fill the coaching vacancy left by Stuart Lancaster at the end of the season.

Georgina Robertson who writes for the Sydney Morning Herald and Rugby Heaven tweeted the rumour this morning.

"Hearing Leinster Rugby are courting Scott Robertson for post-Cullen era," she wrote.

She then corrected herself adding:

"My Irish contacts have corrected me on this...perhaps to replace Stuart Lancaster, not Leo Cullen."

The prospect of Leinster hiring Robertson will greatly excite Leinster fans.

The 48-year-old is currently the head coach of Crusaders and is contracted with the Super Rugby side until 2024.

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However, there is  a clause in his contract which allows him to take an international job if he is not offered the All Blacks position by the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Robertson has been linked to both the England and Wales jobs. Warren Gatland returned to the Wales position during the week, while England's sacking of Eddie Jones means they are on the hunt for a new head coach.

While Leicester's Steve Borthwick is considered the favourite having worked under Jones in the past, the RFU may make a lucrative offer for Robertson.

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Warren Gatland advises New Zealand to make Scott Robertson their next head coach

Gatland however has advised New Zealand to make Robertson their next head coach.

“There’s one person at the moment in New Zealand who’s been incredibly successful, in terms of Razor (Robertson's nickname). He deserves an opportunity because of the success he’s had in New Zealand rugby,” Gatland said.

“If that comes along for him in the next period, there’s only one stand out person and New Zealand should be doing everything they can to make sure they secure his services long-term and going forward.

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“If they were going to make a change, you can’t deny his results and stuff, they just stick out like a sore thumb. That’s the way that I look at it, he’s an obvious choice.”

Bernard Jackman told 'The42 Rugby Weekly Extra' podcast yesterday that Leinster may not fill Lancaster's vacancy and instead could look abroad to New Zealand to hire a defence coach.

Lancaster will take over as Director of Rugby at Racing 92 at the end of this season.

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Leinster's search for their fifth Champions Cup title begins this weekend as they take on Racing this Saturday in France.

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