An announcement was made on Tuesday about the NZR’s recapture of the 26-year-old second rower, with All Blacks head coach Ian Foster quickly praising Crusaders captain’s three-year contract extension.
“This is great news for Rugby New Zealand and the All Blacks,” Foster said in a statement.
“Scott has made an outstanding contribution to the team since making his debut back in 2016 and we know the best is yet to come. It’s fun for the future after he is re-signed. “
Re-signing Barrett will no doubt increase the depth of New Zealand.
The acquisition of the 36-star test means the All Blacks will have a complete complement of second rowers to choose in the coming years, with people like Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock also locked in a deal that runs until the end of 2023.
The move also echoes that Barrett’s brother and playmaker All Blacks Beauden, who last year signed a long contract extension which not only made him committed to NZR until 2023, but also resulted in a high profile transfer from Storm to the Blues.
After making his debut for the All Blacks fight Ireland in Chicago four years ago, younger Barrett had become an integral figure in the national set-up, displaying regularly on team match days under former head coach Steve Hansen.
Especially key, Barrett also demonstrated his ability at the blindside flanker, where he had played on the occasion of the All Blacks.
He has also proven its quality in Super Rugby level, played a vital role in the Crusaders hat-trick for the Super Rugby title between 2017 and 2019 before becoming captain for the 2020 campaign without the presence of Whitelock, who was on long leave in Japan.
Barrett becomes the sixth All Black who will reenter until the next World Cup, joining Beauden, Retallick, Whitelock, experienced midfielders Anton Lienert-Brown and promising one-cap Lomax one-piece prop.
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