By Le Figaro with AFP
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Beauden Barrett, un cadre des All Blacks. Andrew Cornaga/www.photosport.nz / PANORAMIC
The 32-year-old full-back or fly-half will return to the fold in 2024 and once again defend the colors of the Auckland Blues in 2025.
Full-back, sometimes fly-half, Beauden Barrett will extend his lease with the All Blacks until 2027 following an agreement reached with the New Zealand Rugby Federation (NZR), the latter announced in a press release published Sunday. Under the terms of this new contract, the 32-year-old player, who currently plays in the Japanese League at the Toyota Verblitz, undertakes to return to the fold in 2024, and to once again defend the colors of the New Zealand franchise Auckland Blues in 2025.
«It’s a huge privilege to wear the black jersey (…) I’m always excited to continue playing in this All Blacks team“, commented Beauden Barrett, 2015 world champion and 2023 World Cup finalist, who has 123 caps and was twice elected rugby player of the year in 2016 and 2017 by World Rugby, the supreme body of rugby. rugby. “Beauden is not only an exceptional player, but also a remarkable leader, on and off the field. His return testifies to the strength and appeal of our rugby environment», rejoiced Mark Robinson, the boss of NZR.
Scott Robertson, the new coach of the All Blacks since the end of the 2023 World Cup, was equally enthusiastic. “Beauden brings a lot of class. He is the second most capped backline player in All Blacks history and being able to still benefit from his knowledge and experience is a reflection of his loyalty“, he estimated. Beauden Barrett will be 36 years old at the next World Cup, hosted in Australia.