Robbie Dean’s coaching career began in 1997 with the Canterbury Club in New Zealand. A former player himself- Deans had a deep understanding about the ins and outs of Rugby and how that could be best translated toward a team that would win.
His mentality for the game and the team must have been enough because he was upgraded to coach of the Crusaders and Assistant Coach for the All Blacks themselves. This promotion showed the rugby world that Deans was a force to be reckoned with. During Dean’s time as assistant coach (from 2000-2003) the team themselves played a total of 37 games.