Former All Blacks backrower Scott Robertson continues to climb the national coaching ladder, being appointed forwards coach for the New Zealand under-20 team for next year's World Cup here.
Robertson, who recently coached Canterbury to their sixth consecutive NPC title, will assist head coach Chris Boyd, of Wellington, and backs coach Leon McDonald, of Tasman.
Robertson is at the first development camp for the New Zealand under-20 squad in Palmerston North and says he is already enjoying the new challenge.
"The young talent here is incredible," Robertson said. "It is an honour to be working with New Zealand's emerging rugby talent and helping them to develop at this crucial stage in their playing careers."
The final squad will be announced in May. The World Cup will be held in Auckland in June.
Robertson has been involved in all of Canterbury's six titles, first as forwards coach, then assistant coach and finally head coach this year.
Robertson's playing career included playing in the Crusaders sides for the Super Rugby triumphs of 1998-2000 and in 2002, and being in the Canterbury sides which won the NPC first-division title in each of the 1997 and 2001 seasons.
He played 23 tests for the All Blacks, scoring four tries. As well as his coaching roles with the Canterbury side, he has been the head coach for Sumner Rugby Club.
- Fairfax Media