Barrett re-signs for Taranaki
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.
The Barrett brothers Beauden, Scott, and Jordie Barrett at an All Blacks media conference.