Barrett signs with NZR un­til 2019

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Welling­ton: Beau­den Barrett signs up with NZ Rugby un­til 2019 Money doesn’t bring you hap­pi­ness. There couldn’t be a truer state­ment for Beau­den Barrett. Sev­eral of­fers from over­seas clubs came in for the All Blacks first-five as his con­tract with New Zealand Rugby was edg­ing to a close, but Barrett wasn’t in­ter­ested. No, the money on of­fer up north wasn’t con­sid­ered in the slight­est. All that mat­tered was wear­ing black, be it the stripes as­so­ci­ated with Taranaki, the swirl of the Hur­ri­canes or the only colour as­so­ci­ated with the na­tional team. “Play­ing footy in New Zealand, it’s as good as it gets,” Barrett said.

“The black jersey was a huge fac­tor. I love play­ing for the Hur­ri­canes, I love the Naki, al­ways a Naki boy, and ob­vi­ously the black jersey, ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I get to pull it on, it’s why I play rugby.” Hur­ri­canes fans will be pleased he has com­mit­ted to play­ing at West­pac Sta­dium for the next three years, given all the talk about a po­ten­tial move north to join Tana Umaga and the Blues. Barrett said that was never a real op­tion. “It was clear in my mind right from the start, although there was a lit­tle bit of spec­u­la­tion.

“Par­tic­u­larly af­ter the sea­son we’ve had, or the last two sea­sons we’ve had, the core group of play­ers we have and the tal­ent that’s around. “[The Blues] was never an op­tion.” Head­ing over­seas was also off the ta­ble, de­spite a num­ber of of­fers com­ing in for his ser­vices. Barrett ad­mit­ted that his agent had been ap­proached by over­seas teams, and it was sug­gested French clubs were among those. There is huge money on of­fer up north, but Barrett wasn’t ever tempted. “To be hon­est, there were ne­go­ti­a­tions or ap­proaches made to my agent, War­ren, but that’s where it was left.

“I never got into any of those dis­cus­sions, I was clear where I wanted to be and my job was just to fo­cus on play­ing footy. It never pro­gressed too far at all.

“I’ve just re­alised this last six years has gone re­ally quick, so it’s al­ways in the back of your mind, what’s go­ing to hap­pen down the track. “When it comes to the se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tions or con­sid­er­a­tions, New Zealand rugby is the only thing in my mind at the mo­ment.” Con­fi­dence if flow­ing through Barrett’s veins at the minute, hence he signed the long­est deal of his pro­fes­sional ca­reer. - Stuff

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