Bar­rett re-signs for Taranaki

South Taranaki Star - - FRONT PAGE - GOR­DON BROWN

There’s an old say­ing that you can take the boy out of Taranaki but you can’t take Taranaki out of the boy.

It’s harder to think of a bet­ter ex­am­ple than Scott Bar­rett.

Taranaki Rugby Foot­ball Union chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeremy Parkinson was de­lighted Bar­rett was recom­mit­ting to his home prov­ince.

‘‘Scott is the prime ex­am­ple of the New Zealand rugby path­way. A young kid can grow up in Taranaki and come through the ranks to be­come an All Black. Scott re-sign­ing with Taranaki epit­o­mises what our prov­ince is try­ing to pro­mote in our com­mu­nity.’’

Bar­rett was born and raised in Pun­garehu, played all his ju­nior rugby for Coastal and played rugby for Fran­cis Dou­glas Memorial Col­lege in New Ply­mouth, the same path as his broth­ers, Beau­den and Jordie.

At 24 Bar­rett has al­ready played 16 tests for the All Blacks, young for a lock, and he has also recom­mit­ted to New Zealand rugby un­til 2020.

Just about ev­ery­one was as pleased as Parkinson. All Black coach Steve Hansen cer­tainly was.

‘‘Scotty has come on leaps and bounds in re­cent sea­sons. He’s a su­perb ath­lete for a rel­a­tively young player and has been work­ing re­ally hard to de­velop the skill set and size to com­pete at the high­est level.

‘‘We look for­ward to watch­ing him grow even more over the next few sea­sons.’’

Bar­rett him­self was rather chuffed.

‘‘It’s spe­cial to re-com­mit to Taranaki rugby and con­nect with my home prov­ince and the place where my rugby dream started. I want to con­tinue to im­prove my game and con­trib­ute as best I can to rugby in New Zealand,’’ Bar­rett said.

Now, if only the rugby cal­en­dar could be re-or­gan­ised to al­low Scott, Beau­den and Jordie Bar­rett to take the field for Yar­rows Taranaki to­gether.

That would be a mo­ment to cher­ish.

CHRIS SKEL­TON

The Bar­rett broth­ers Beau­den, Scott, and Jordie Bar­rett at an All Blacks me­dia con­fer­ence.

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