30 Jul 2019

Jordie Barrett to play at least one more season for Hurricanes

11:06 am on 30 July 2019

All Blacks outside back Jordie Barrett has recommitted to New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2022 and will stay with the Hurricanes for next season, with an option to switch Super Rugby clubs after that.

Jordie Barrett.

Jordie Barrett. Photo: Photosport

The 22-year-old younger brother of Beauden and Scott Barrett, has played 10 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2017 and 48 matches for the Hurricanes.

His utility value, as well as his goal-kicking, has been an asset for both teams, with his ability to cover most positions in the backline.

He has scored eight tries and kicked one conversion for the All Blacks.

"There is a really good mix of youth as well as experienced leaders in the Hurricanes squad and I feel like this is the best place to develop my game," Barrett said.

"Staying in New Zealand rugby is really important to me. I'm enjoying playing alongside my mates, and I've got further aspirations and goals I want to reach while I'm playing in New Zealand."

Barrett has the option to change Super Rugby clubs at some point post 2020.

He said he has a strong desire to play alongside his brothers (Beauden is now at the Blues and Scott is at the Crusaders) at some point in his career but added that when that would happen remained unclear.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "Congratulations to Jordie on his decision to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby. He's an outstanding, talented young player who has soaked up everything he can in the All Blacks environment and grabbed every opportunity with both hands. He has a big future in the game and we look forward to seeing his career grow over the next few years."

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree was delighted Barrett had made the decision to stay at the club.

"He is obviously a really key individual in our squad and we are really looking forward to growing his game even further in our environment," he said.

"We want to really develop Jordie as a leader and he will be a key driver in our team for the next three seasons. He is going to play a big role on and off the field for us."