An electrifying debut Super Rugby season for the Hurricanes in 2012 was rewarded in selection for the All Blacks for the first time in June against Ireland. Barrett’s Test debut was a memorable one; the first five-eighth coming off the bench after 24 minutes and helping the All Blacks to a record 60-0 win over the Irish.He went on to play five Tests in 2012, making his starting debut against Italy in Rome in November.
He picked up where he left on in 2013, playing a key role in the Hurricanes in his second Super Rugby season and finishing with 186 points for the year. He appeared in all three Tests against France in June and scored a stunning try off the bench in front of his home crowd in New Plymouth in the third of these Tests.
He backed that up by coming off the bench and saving a try, setting up a try and scoring the match winning try in the All Blacks’ memorable 38-27 win over South Africa in Johannesburg. As at the end of 2013 he had played in 16 Tests and never lost a match in All Blacks colours.
Previously, Barrett’s rookie Super Rugby season was a highlights reel. As well as scoring 197 season points and breaking Jon Preston’s previous Hurricanes single season scoring record of 152 points set in 1997, his vision and attacking play was outstanding. He regularly broke the line and helped sparked tries in broken play. The Hurricanes scored 58 tries in 2012 and Barrett’s influence was key in many. One such try against the Blues in round five saw him hit the advantage line at pace in the 80th minute and set up a 60-metre try to captain Conrad Smith. He then calmly converted the this try on fulltime to give the Hurricanes a 26-25 win.
Barrett followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Hurricanes. Beauden’s father Kevin made 15 appearances for the franchise in 1997 and 1998. Kevin also played 167 first-class matches for Taranaki, so rugby runs strong in the family. His brother Kane, a lock/flanker is a squad member at the Blues and was named as Taranaki’s captain for 2013.
Beauden Barrett was a Hurricanes Wider Squad Member in 2011, after an excellent debut season for Taranaki in 2010.
He was called up by the Hurricanes before the side’s 2011 tour to South Africa where he saw time off the bench, earning his first four Hurricanes caps. He made his debut in an extraordinary 50-47 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, a helter-skelter match that saw the Hurricanes prevail on fulltime with a try to lock Jeremy Thrush that Barrett converted.
Then teenager Barrett had already burst on to the international rugby scene when he was selected in the New Zealand Sevens team for the final two legs of the 2010 IRB World Series in England and Scotland, making his international rugby debut at Twickenham. Previously, he had been named by coach Gordon Tietjens as one of 16 contracted players to prepare for February 2010’s Wellington Sevens following an eye catching national tournament for Taranaki in Queenstown.
Barrett played fullback for the New Zealand U20 side that defended its World U20 championship crown in Italy in 2011 – scoring the winning try in the 33-22 victory over England in the final.
Returning to Taranaki for the 2011 ITM Cup, Barrett kicked 29 points – including an ITM Cup record nine penalties – in a 39-33 win over Bay of Plenty. With Barrett playing a leading role, Taranaki finished third in the ITM Cup and lifted the Ranfurly Shield off Southland. Barrett was named Taranaki Back of the Year
Position First Five-eighth
Date of birth 27/05/1991
Birthplace New Plymouth
Nickname Beaudy or Cat
Career2011 – Points385 (4t, 64c, 79p)