The road to becoming an All Blacks head coaching great will not be straightforward for Scott Robertson, writes Brodyn Knuckey.
The All Blacks coach elect must juggle Super squad as two key players face lengthy stints out after Crusaders' thrilling victory over the Blues.
From becoming Canterbury's head coach in 2013 to taking over the national side 10 years later, it's been a rugby rollercoaster for Scott Robertson.
Robertson's appointment comes after a rollercoaster few weeks for NZR around the recruitment process of Ian Foster's successor.
NZR chair Dame Patsy Reddy said the future All Blacks coach could continue to bust out his moves with the national side if he can create an occasion worthy of it.
The charismatic Crusaders coach has the record and the years of service - there was no one else for the top job, writes Patrick McKendry.
The announcement comes after weeks of discussion and drama around the recruitment process for Ian Foster's successor.
The former All Blacks coach believes Ireland are 'definitely a contender' in France but knows they have extra challenges to clear when the time comes.
Foster said the new appointment saga ahead of the World Cup is adversely affecting his management colleagues.
Enoka has been with the side for 23 years and is the longest-serving member of team management, having been involved in 291 Tests including five World Cups.
"The individual should do what works for them and that's something I've had to learn as I've gained experience," the Blues halfback says.
Richie Mo'unga, due to leave the Crusaders at the end of the season, has never been so important to the franchise, writes Patrick McKendry.
Scott Robertson is learning the difference a few weeks can make in the rugby world with a contrasting press conference to the colourful one he gave at the start of the season.
Tasman duo Tyrel Lomax and David Havili have both opted to stay in New Zealand with new deals with the Hurricanes and the Crusaders, respectively.
After reports surfaced of his possible late bid for the job, the former Ireland coach put out a statement this afternoon to put the rumours to rest.
Savea was quick to regret his throat-slitting gesture against the Melbourne Rebels and accepts his punishment, Hurricanes coach Jason Holland says.
The 58-Test All Black and Crusaders captain says he loves the teams he plays for and wants to keep doing so.
The Blues playmaker is keeping Super Rugby at the forefront of his mind but he also knows next year there will be a No.10 jersey in the All Blacks up for grabs.
The former Ireland coach is reportedly considering challenging Scott Robertson and Jamie Joseph for the job after enjoying a return to coaching.
The captain could face a ban from two weeks upwards, though he did make a public apology in a post-match TV interview.