Known for his devastating speed, metronomic kicking boot and excellent game management skills, Beauden Barrett is one of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of boots. In fact, in 2016 and 2017, he won back-to-back World Rugby Player of the Year Awards and was inducted into the RugbyPass Hall of Fame in 2021.
Born 27 May 1991, Beauden Barrett began playing rugby at a young age. By the age of 19, he had captured the attention of the national selectors and was selected in the New Zealand Sevens team for the final two legs of the 2010 IRB Sevens World Series. At the same age, he debuted for Taranaki in the ITM Cup.
After several impressive performances for Taranaki, Beauden Barrett signed a deal with the Hurricanes in Super Rugby, where he stayed from 2011-2019. During this period, he made 125 appearances for the side and scored more than 1,200 points. In 2016, he also helped the side capture the Super Rugby Championship.
At the end of the 2019 season though, Beauden Barrett left the Hurricanes and signed with the Blues. For the 2021 Top League season, he also signed to play for the Suntory Sungoliath.
Although Beauden Barrett has enjoyed a distinguished career at the domestic level, his greatest performances have arguably come in a New Zealand shirt. To date, he’s been capped almost 90 times by his country and he scored the final try in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, when New Zealand took home the trophy.
With many years of elite international rugby still ahead of him, we can’t wait to see what else Beauden Barrett can achieve in the game of rugby.