Beauden Barrett Has Made A Decision On His Future
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Beauden Barrett has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby, as well as his Hurricanes Investec Super Rugby club and his province Taranaki, through until the end of the 2019 season.
Barrett, who’s contract was due to expire at the end of the Rugby Championship, has been in outstanding form this season, leading the Hurricanes to a Super Rugby title as well as cementing his position as the All Blacks first choice 10 following the retirement of Dan Carter from international duty.
“I love playing for the All Blacks and representing my country in the black jersey and I’m loving my footy at the moment. The All Blacks are an incredibly special team to be part of and I’m looking forward to playing my role and adding my small part to the legacy over the next few years, Barrett said.
“As well, with the Hurricanes we’ve built a great culture at the club and it’s an exciting time to be involved with a great bunch of guys and a quality coaching staff. Next year I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to help build on our success this year.
“I’m also a proud Taranaki man, proud of my roots and stoked to be recommitting to my home province.”
New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said Barrett’s signature was a key one for the organisation – and they were delighted to have locked him in with New Zealand Rugby through until 2019.
“This is a huge deal for us. ‘Beaudy’ is playing outstanding rugby at the moment and his rugby is going from strength to strength. It’s been great for all of us who have watched him develop from a young rugby player into a world-class All Black and we’re all excited to see how he grows as a player in what will be a huge few years for rugby in New Zealand, with the DHL New Zealand Lions Series next year and the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.”
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said:
“It’s great news for the team and great news for Beauden. He’s fast becoming one of ‘the’ players in the world. He’s been a world-class player coming off the bench for some time, he’s now graduated into starting Test matches for us, and this year he’s been nothing short of spectacular. He’ll continue to grow — he’s not the finished product yet, by any stretch of the imagination — but as he does, I think we’ll see something pretty special, so it’s nice to have him signed up and secure.”
Hurricanes Head Coach Chris Boyd said:
“We’re delighted that Beauden has decided to recommit to the Hurricanes. He’s been a big part of our success over the past two seasons and has developed into a real leader within the group, both on and off the field. We all saw the influence he had this season and his combination in the halves with TJ Perenara continues to go from strength to strength. It’s an exciting time for the club and there’s no doubt Beauden is a big part of our plans in the coming seasons.”