The Yale University Rugby program welcomed Scott Robertson to New Haven this September. The Director of Rugby, Greg McWilliams had previously worked with Scott and the Barbarians -- while Robbie Deans was head coach -- in November of 2017. During this time, Greg struck up the idea for Scott to come to Yale on a visit. Long term friend of the program, Robbie Deans, was the initial contact after his daughter, Sophie, studied at Yale for a four year period. Each Spring, Robbie and his family would visit Yale while offering insightful help with the rugby team.
On arrival, Scott spent a day with USA Mens National Team Head Coach, Gary Gold. This was a great chance for two of the worlds leading coaches to catch up and discuss the great game.
Over the course of Scott’s visit, he worked with the Rugby management and players while engaging with a wide variety of the University Staff, from athletics to academics. Scott had multiple meetings with the Yale Athletic director, Vicky Chun, and many of her staff including the Football head coach, Tony Reno, Lacrosse head coach, Andy Shay, Soccer head coach, Kylie Stannard, and Marvin Chun, the Dean of Yale College. Scott even attended a few lectures while at Yale. It was a eventful week and massively beneficial to the entire community. We thank Scott for all his dedication and love for the sport. It was a time to remember for the program as we head into our Ivy League season next week.
Coach Development Day
A total of 91 rugby coaches descended into New Haven for this fantastic opportunity to learn from one of the best rugby brains in the modern game. Scott Robertson is the Head Coach of the Canterbury Crusaders, the winners of the recent 2018 & 2017 Super Rugby Championship. Scott has 22 appearances for the All Blacks and was the Head Coach of the New Zealand U20s side that won the U20’s RWC in 2016. One of Scott’s main strengths is creating a successful team culture as we have witnessed throughout his glittering coaching career. Scott was joined by Greg McWilliams, the Yale University Director of Rugby and Mens head coach. Greg and Scott have worked together with the famous Barbarians side. Greg is also the current attack and backs coach with the USA Mens National Team, who have just come off the back of a 3-0 summer series win, beating Russia, Scotland and Canada. Yale was delighted to welcome the current USA Rugby CAA Head Coach, James Willocks who led the session on body functions and using dead time effectively
Agenda for the day
8.30am - Registration - Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street New Haven. Lecture Room LC101
9.00am - Introduction - Greg McWilliams, DOR Yale University & USA MNT assistant coach
9.05am - Key Note Speaker - Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach - 'Creating a world class culture & defensive structures'
11.00am - Greg McWilliams - ‘Attacking mindset’.
11.50am - Depart for training Fields, 70 Central Ave, New Haven, CT 06515
12.15pm - 'See how its done' -On Field session lead by Scott Robertson
2.00pm - Q & A with Scott and the coaching staff (sandwiches and refreshments will be provided)
3.45pm -Final words.
A players View
Day in and day out, Scott made his way to the pitch to help out the 2018-2019 Yale team prepare for their big match against AIC. He began with the basics of the breakdown before moving into more tactical facets of the game such as set piece defense. In the mere timeframe of five days, the impact of Scott's bountiful wisdom was easily prevalent on the field as the Bulldogs managed to compete against AIC, When asked about the week, number 7 Kevin Gallagher had high praise for the Crusaders head coach. "Scott really taught me how to use my body, as a 5'8 flanker, I'm never the biggest on the field, but he helped me use my height to a strength."
On behalf of the team, Scott has changed the way we operate. Precision, intensity, and on field intelligence are now all key components of how we approach every game. We appreciate his contribution to Yale Rugby and look forward to seeing dividends being paid on the scoreboard.
Simar Chadha -2021