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Published: 09:45 | 12/7/19

Barrett staying in New Zealand


Beauden Barrett has signed a new deal with New Zealand Rugby to continue playing with the All Blacks until the 2023 World Cup but he will leave the Hurricanes for the Blues.

Barrett, who has 73 caps for the All Blacks and has twice been named World Rugby Player of the Year, has agreed a new four-year deal with NZR which will see him join Super Rugby side the Blues from 2020.

However, he will only join up with his new club midway through the 2020 as he plans to take an extended break from the sport after the World Cup in Japan later this year.

“This is obviously a massive decision for me and my wife Hannah and we’re really looking forward to the next chapter of our lives,” Barrett said.

“The Hurricanes will always be a huge part of who I am. The Hurricanes environment and style of rugby they play has helped me become the player I am today, and I’ll be leaving some very good mates.

“Wellington has been my rugby base for many years and university base for Hannah and we’ll always have fond memories of living there. Home for us now is Taranaki and Auckland and home and family are immensely important to both of us.

“I’m also enthusiastic about the new challenge I’ll get with the Blues over the next four years. They’re a team on the rise, I like the way they play and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.

“While I’m looking forward to what the future holds, right now my focus is on the international season ahead with the All Blacks.”

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen commented: “It’s fantastic news for the All Blacks and obviously for the Blues as well. We congratulate Beaudy and his wife Hannah on his decision to stay in New Zealand.

“He’s one of the best players in the world, a leader in our team and has been involved in numerous successful campaigns, from Rugby World Cups to Bledisloe Cups, and I believe he’s going to get even better.

“Knowing he will be here through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup is massive for the All Blacks as they move into a new phase post-2019.”

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