You can take the boy out of Taranaki, but you can’t take the Taranaki out of the boy.
In an interview with CNN, Barrett said his father Kevin filled the trophy with milk from the cows from their family farm.
“Creamy white milk looks so good in the gold cup,” Beauden told CNN.
Beauden also shed light on what it was like growing up on a farm as part of a big family that includes All Black brothers Jordie and Scott.
All eight Barrett children were outside playing sport on a regular basis, with three of the five boys playing for the All Blacks and eldest brother Kane playing for the Blues.
“It certainly helped just having acres and acres of green grass, a back lawn where there’s goal posts and plenty of siblings and cousins around to compete with and play against,” he said.
Barrett said that going barefoot was the norm, with shoes reserved for special occasions.
“I think that the only thing that mum ever forced us into doing something was dropping us off at the top of the road and grabbing our school bag. She’d give us a pair of sneakers and say, ‘Run home.’
“I was more than happy to not wear shoes. The only time we wore shoes was on Sunday when we went to church,” he said. “Our feet were pretty tough back then, I couldn’t do it today.”
Younger brother Jordie also told CNN about growing up with his big brothers on the farm.
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