NZ Rugby World
FROM RAGS TO RICHES TO RAGS
It is kind of ridiculous that the Blues have been unable to lure a world class No 10 for the better part of 15 years and now they have two.
In 2009 they thought they had successfully signed Dan Carter when they made him an incredible offer and he came close to signing it until his family suggested they would never be able to forgive him if he turned his back on the Crusaders.
Beauden Barrett had a look in 2014 and rejected the offer for much the same reason – he couldn't, at that point, walk away from the Hurricanes for whom his father also played.
Now both are at the Blues, but so are five other first-fives and while the dual play-maker concept is increasingly popular, the Blues could actually field an entire backline of No 10s.
The much improved Otere Black would be at No 10 with Barrett at fullback. Dan Carter and Harry Plummer could be in the midfield, Stephen Perofeta on one wing, utility back Jared Page on the other and Jack Heighton could slot in at halfback.
One minute they had no talent at No 10, now they can field an entire backline of first-fives.
But Carter is unlikely to be around next year and Barrett has confirmed he will be taking a sabbatical in Japan.