Beauden Barrett, Rising Rugby Star for the Hurricanes
Beauden Barrett is rugby player for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby and Taranaki in the ITM Cup, New Zealand’s provincial rugby union competition. As of 2012 he has also been used as the third All Blacks first five, backing up Dan Carter and Aaron Cruden.
This Beauden Barrett profile was one of a series of Super Rugby Player Profiles as part of RugbyFix’s 2012 Super Rugby coverage. This series focuses on players who have either burst onto the professional scene this season, or come of age as a professional rugby player after a number of years of finding their feet.
Beauden Barrett was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand on the 27th of May 1991. He is a specialist first five (flyhalf). However, because of an abundance of first fives in the team, he played fullback in the New Zealand Under 20 side that won 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. From fullback he scored a decisive try in the final against England in the 71st minute.
Beauden Barrett:Francis Douglas Memorial College to NZ Sevens Team
Barrett is a member of the Coastal Rugby Club and attended Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth during his high school years. At just 18 he represented the New Zealand Sevens team in the 2010 IRB World Series, turning heads in the England and Scotland tournaments. Although slight in appearance, Barrett is 6 foot 2 (1.87m) and 92kg. With this being only his first full year as a professional rugby player, he is sure to further fill out his frame. However, he would be reluctant to put on too much weight at the risk of losing his trademark acceleration. He has received some criticism in the media for a few defensive lapses, but this is sure to improve with further conditioning and more time in the professional environment.
ITM Record Record Holder: Most Penalties in a Match
If New Zealand rugby fans weren’t already talking about Beauden Barrett after the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship, then his play for the Taranaki 2011 ITM Cup side announced him as one to watch for the following 2012 Super Rugby competition. Having already displaced regular flyhalf Willie Ripia by the end of the 2010 ITM Cup, he kept hold of the jumper through 2012. The 2011 Taranaki team went on to win and the Ranfurly Shield and finished third. Barrett made headlines following his nine penalties against Bay of Plenty, and ITM Cup record. Taranaki won 39-33, with Barrett scoring 29 of the points.
Beauden Barrett: Second Generation Super Rugby player
Beauden Barrett debuted for the Hurricanes in the 2011 Super Rugby season and became the first second generation Super Rugby player. His father, 167 game Taranaki legend, Kevin ‘Smiley’ Barrett played 15 times for the Hurricanes between 1997 and 1998. Although Beauden Barrett debuted in the 2011 Super Rugby season, it has been 2012 where he has announced himself on the professional stage. His searing breaks have become a hallmark of his game, with at least one of them snatching victory from defeat when he broke the Blues line in the dying minutes of their round 5 match, setting up Conrad Smith to score. Barrett then nailed the crucial conversion to win the game. His composed goal kicking has also been a feature, where he currently battles Aaron Cruden on the leading New Zealand point scorers, both having passed 100 points before the half way point of the competition.
Having signed with the Hurricanes and the New Zealand Rugby Union, Beauden Barrett will join a number of promising young first fives in a battle for Dan Carter’s number ten jersey. As well as the established Aaron Cruden, Barrett will be battling it out with the likes of his under 20 team mates, Gareth Anscombe and Lima Sopoaga, as well as Tom Taylor, Chris Noakes and Tyler Blenyendaal.
Beauden Barrett Video
Beauden Barrett turns the game in the dying seconds of the Hurricanes v Blues 2012 Super Rugby game.
Beauden Barrett: All Black
Despite having taken the 2012 Super Rugby tournament by storm, it was expected that Beauden Barrett would have to mature a bit more before being thrown into the test arena. However, he was named as part of 35-man All Black training squad on 14th of May, 2012 for the June series against the Ireland rugby team. Even though he missed the cut when that 35 man squad will be trimmed to 30, it showed he was clearly in the running for future All Black selection and would have benefited greatly from the experience of being in an All Black camp. However, when Dan Carter was injured following the narrow win over Ireland in the second test of the series, Barrett was called up. Aaron Cruden was injured after 24 minutes and Barrett made his test debut aged 21. The test was already under control by the All Blacks, who had already scored over 20 points, allowing Barrett an easy entry into test rugby. The All Blacks would go onto win 60-0, with Beauden Barrett kicking three conversions and a penalty.