Beauden Barrett has signed a new deal 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 burst onto the international rugby scene in 2010 as an 18 year old when he played for the All Blacks Sevens team; he scored the winning try as the New Zealand Under 20 side won the World Under 20 Championship and he also made his provincial debut for Taranaki. The following year, he made his Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes as a wider training squad member but it was in his full Super Rugby season in 2012 when rugby fans around the world started taking notice. He was rewarded for an electrifying Super Rugby season with a call up to the All Blacks and made his debut against Ireland in June. He has gone on to rack up 26 caps for Taranaki, 82 appearances, 938 points and a Super Rugby title with the Hurricanes and 40 caps and 199 points for the All Blacks.
Blessed with a stunning turn of speed, a golden boot and the calm demeanour of a world-class playmaker, the mercurial Beauden Barrett is in a rich vein of form. He starred in the Rugby World Cup Final last year scoring a memorable try and his stunning form has continued into 2016 with many outstanding moments on the rugby field. The 25 year old has been in scintillating form starring in the Steinlager Series against Wales, helping guide his Hurricanes team to their first ever Investec Super Rugby title, and showing brilliant form in the two comprehensive Bledisloe Cup victories over Australia in the opening matches of the Investec Rugby Championship.
“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.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen welcomed the news, saying: “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.”