Blues 2020



  • @Duluth said in Blues 2020:

    https://blues.rugby/barrett-joins-for-4-years/

    Two-time World Rugby Player of the Year, All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett, has announced a new deal with New Zealand Rugby (NZR), which will see him stay in New Zealand through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
    
    Barrett also today confirmed that not only will he stay with NZR for a further four years, but he will move from the Hurricanes to the Blues to play in the Investec Super Rugby competition from 2020.
    
    28-year-old Barrett has played 73 Tests for the All Blacks since making his debut in 2012 and 125 times for the Hurricanes since his Super Rugby debut in 2011.
    
    As part of his new contract, he will take an extended break away from the game at the end of 2019 and start with the Blues midway through next year’s Super season.  He also has an option to take a short playing break in Japan some time over the next four years, with any break to be negotiated with NZR and the Blues.
    
    Barrett said he was stoked to finally make a decision and confirm his future with New Zealand Rugby and the Blues.
    
    “This is obviously a massive decision for me and my wife Hannah and we’re really looking forward to the next chapter of our lives.
    
    “The Hurricanes will always be a huge part of who I am.  The Hurricanes environment and style of rugby they play has helped me become the player I am today, and I’ll be leaving some very good mates. 
    
    “Wellington has been my rugby base for many years and university base for Hannah and we’ll always have fond memories of living there.  Home for us now is Taranaki and Auckland and home and family are immensely important to both of us.
    
    “I’m also enthusiastic about the new challenge I’ll get with the Blues over the next four years. They’re a team on the rise, I like the way they play and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that.
    
    “While I’m looking forward to what the future holds, right now my focus is on the international season ahead with the All Blacks.
    
    NZR CEO Steve Tew said the significance of Barrett’s decision could not be underestimated.
    
    “We are absolutely delighted that Beauden has committed to four more years with New Zealand Rugby. He joins a strong core of experienced Test players who are now with us leading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
    
    “There is no doubting how important he is to the All Blacks and every team he plays for. As well as his on-field achievements, including back-to-back World Rugby Player of the Year awards in 2016-2017, he has also amassed numerous records, including being fourth on the All Blacks Test points-scoring list. He is now a genuine leader in any team he plays and a strong contributor to our off-field responsibilities.
    
    “We all look forward to seeing him back in black for the international season and also wish him all the best with his move to the Blues next year.”
    
    All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen added:  “It’s fantastic news for the All Blacks and obviously for the Blues as well and we congratulate Beaudy and his wife Hannah on his decision to stay in New Zealand.
    
    “He’s one of the best players in the world, a leader in our team and has been involved in numerous successful campaigns, from Rugby World Cups to Bledisloe Cups, and I believe he’s going to get even better.
    
    “Knowing he will be here through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup is massive for the All Blacks as they move into a new phase post-2019.”
    
    Barrett’s move to the Blues is arguably the most significant recent signing in Super Rugby and Blues Chief Executive Michael Redman said it was the result of a rebuilding of the club both on and off the field, a process that began some years ago and has accelerated in the last 12 months.
    
    “Signing a player of Beauden’s calibre has been years in the making,” Redman said.
    
    “While Beauden’s personal circumstances created this opportunity, changes we’ve made to our club in recent years meant for the first time the Blues were a credible option for him. The process has been long and complex, but we believe the outcome is the most influential player movement in Super Rugby history.
    
    Blues Head Coach Leon MacDonald said they were over the moon at the news that Barrett would be coming to Auckland.
    
    “It’s huge for our club. As well as getting a world-class player, our young first-fives will flourish with the opportunity to train and play alongside Beauden, and I am sure he will be an immediate fan favourite at Eden Park.
    
    “We are happy to work with Beauden and New Zealand Rugby on the options he has negotiated for an extended break at the end of the year and potential offshore playing opportunity. He has earned that right,” said MacDonald.
    
    Beauden Barrett – mini bio
    
    Blessed with devastating speed, a laser-like boot and smart game management, Beauden Barrett has been in electrifying form in recent seasons. World Rugby Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017, the 73-Test playmaker is fourth on the All Blacks all-time Test points-scoring list with 595 points (behind Grant Fox who is on 645 points). Barrett made his provincial debut for Taranaki in 2010 at 19 years old and his Investec Super Rugby debut for the Hurricanes in the following season. He quickly established himself as one of the Hurricanes’ key players and has set numerous records for the side, and also helped lead the team to its first Super Rugby title in 2016. He made his All Blacks Test debut in 2012 and after being initially used as an impact player off the bench, by 2014 he had made his first Test start. He went on to feature in six RWC 2015 matches, scoring 26 points, including a fantastic try in the Final. He captained the All Blacks against the Barbarians on the 2017 Northern Tour. His career in black also included a stint with the All Blacks Sevens as a teenager in 2010, and the 2011 New Zealand Under 20 side.
    

    @Winger Maybe the NZRU have had a hand in this trying to spread the talent around and make the competition more even?



  • The flow-on effect from BB being available to play in 2020 is that one of Black or Perofeta might be available to the Canes.



  • Fucking insane. Never thought he'd move. Blues finally have a world class first five. Blues could be decent in the next few years. Absolutely unreal.



  • Leon starting to mould his own team. Nice start!



  • Can't wait to see the reaction of Hurricanes fans when he plays at the Cake Tin for the Blues.



  • @Yeetyaah said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    Can't wait to see the reaction of Hurricanes fans when he plays at the Cake Tin for the Blues.

    According to @MN5 it's only Canterbury fans that boo players, so he should have nothing to worry about.



  • @SammyC said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Yeetyaah said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    Can't wait to see the reaction of Hurricanes fans when he plays at the Cake Tin for the Blues.

    According to @MN5 it's only Canterbury fans that boo players, so he should have nothing to worry about.

    It's true. All of it.



  • @SammyC Highlanders fans in the zoo are pretty brutal. Went there as a Chiefs supporter and a fuck the Chiefs chant started.



  • Nonu got a good reaction at the Caketin from the crowd, so Barrrett will be no different.



  • Attn blues fans . GFYs

    That is all


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    @Bovidae said in Blues 2020:

    Nonu got a good reaction at the Caketin from the crowd, so Barrrett will be no different.

    Good to hear

    Unless you're an ingrate Hurricanes fans should respect BB for his achievements

    Played a big part in the winning their only Super Rugby title to date

    Jordie Barrett OTOH if he moves to the Crusaders........



  • @Bovidae said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    The flow-on effect from BB being available to play in 2020 is that one of Black or Perofeta might be available to the Canes.

    The crusaders will be sniffing around too. Canes have a starting spot up for grabs now, but if you're the number three option a back up spot might be attractive.



  • @Yeetyaah That's our future doctors, lawyers and dentists you're referring to. 😉



  • @Yeetyaah said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @SammyC Highlanders fans in the zoo are pretty brutal. Went there as a Chiefs supporter and a fuck the Chiefs chant started.

    Haha love it 🙂



  • @Bovidae Was even better when the Chiefs won. Me and the Mrs and a mate all Chiefs fans at the front of Zoo stirring up all the bandwagon jumping students. Good fun.



  • Wow , I had to double check it wasn’t April the first .



  • Welcome Beauden to the Blues!



  • Hopefully this gets a few more deals over the line



  • Great signing by the Blues.

    Now can they find a halfback to step up to the mark?



  • @antipodean said in Blues 2019:

    Welcome Beauden to the Blues!

    ?

    GFYs . All of you .



  • Agent Carlos.... you've done well!



  • So Otere Black moved from the Hurricanes to the Blues, because he got so little game time behind BB. I can totally see him move back to the Canes, now that BB has followed him to Auckland.



  • @Stargazer I had, and still kind of do have, high hopes for Black. But he hasn't looked that flash for the Blues. Injuries and limited game time haven't helped much though. Would we want him back or would we stick with current options.

    This really hurts at a team level though. I'm all good with players moving for family and for opportunities, but BB has been a central pillar of our franchise and losing a legend is never easy.

    Then again it means we can develop new options without having to juggle BB's sabbaticals etc.

    Personally I think the answer is in recruiting as many Jags players as possible. If you can't beat em, sign em!


  • Banned

    Ah poo bum wee.



  • @ACT-Crusader said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    Great signing by the Blues.

    Now can they find a halfback to step up to the mark?

    That's probably the most important question - when was the last real quality 9 for the Blues? The standard of the 10s hasn't been great, but they're also reliant on the quality of the ball they're receiving.



  • How many really high profile players have switched teams? Ali Williams? Lomu? There must be others. Nonu liked to get around (though whether that was his choice).



  • Flaky first 5 with ropey basic skills and questionable game management. He's got Blues 10 written all over him



  • @Smudge It's been awhile. I'd say Alby Mathewson's first season or so with us was pretty good, but he declined pretty badly after that.


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    @Paekakboyz said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Stargazer I had, and still kind of do have, high hopes for Black. But he hasn't looked that flash for the Blues. Injuries and limited game time haven't helped much though. Would we want him back or would we stick with current options.

    This really hurts at a team level though. I'm all good with players moving for family and for opportunities, but BB has been a central pillar of our franchise and losing a legend is never easy.

    Then again it means we can develop new options without having to juggle BB's sabbaticals etc.

    Personally I think the answer is in recruiting as many Jags players as possible. If you can't beat em, sign em!

    What price would the Blues pay for someone as good as Cubelli at #9 or a high quality hooker in Montaya, a colossus in the Lineout like Petti, a talented 1st five who can actually kick a ball well in Miotti.......

    Jaguares love to play the Blues: Played 2 Won 2



  • Obviously, a good signing by the Blues but I don't think Beaudy is going to be the Blues saviour unless the forwards really front up. I just can't see that happening when the rest of their spine is questionable. The Blues might improve slightly but I still think they will be 4th or 5th best in NZ.



  • @Jaguares4real said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Paekakboyz said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Stargazer I had, and still kind of do have, high hopes for Black. But he hasn't looked that flash for the Blues. Injuries and limited game time haven't helped much though. Would we want him back or would we stick with current options.

    This really hurts at a team level though. I'm all good with players moving for family and for opportunities, but BB has been a central pillar of our franchise and losing a legend is never easy.

    Then again it means we can develop new options without having to juggle BB's sabbaticals etc.

    Personally I think the answer is in recruiting as many Jags players as possible. If you can't beat em, sign em!

    What price would the Blues pay for someone as good as Cubelli at #9 or a high quality hooker in Montaya, a colossus in the Lineout like Petti, a talented 1st five who can actually kick a ball well in Miotti.......

    Jaguares love to play the Blues: Played 2 Won 2

    Huh? Blues beat Jags at North Harbour a couple of years ago - Rene Ranger offload to Ihaia West for a try in a pretty dour match.



  • @Canes4life said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    Obviously, a good signing by the Blues but I don't think Beaudy is going to be the Blues saviour unless the forwards really front up. I just can't see that happening when the rest of their spine is questionable. The Blues might improve slightly but I still think they will be 4th or 5th best in NZ.

    The point is they've effectively solved a gaping hole in their game.



  • @KiwiMurph said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Jaguares4real said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Paekakboyz said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Stargazer I had, and still kind of do have, high hopes for Black. But he hasn't looked that flash for the Blues. Injuries and limited game time haven't helped much though. Would we want him back or would we stick with current options.

    This really hurts at a team level though. I'm all good with players moving for family and for opportunities, but BB has been a central pillar of our franchise and losing a legend is never easy.

    Then again it means we can develop new options without having to juggle BB's sabbaticals etc.

    Personally I think the answer is in recruiting as many Jags players as possible. If you can't beat em, sign em!

    What price would the Blues pay for someone as good as Cubelli at #9 or a high quality hooker in Montaya, a colossus in the Lineout like Petti, a talented 1st five who can actually kick a ball well in Miotti.......

    Jaguares love to play the Blues: Played 2 Won 2

    Huh? Blues beat Jags at North Harbour a couple of years ago - Rene Ranger offload to Ihaia West for a try in a pretty dour match.

    Ones where they lose don't count. Not sure if you have a grasp of this statistics thing.



  • As a displaced JAFA and Blues supporter going back to the first Super Rugby match, there is finally a small ray of light after so many disappointments.

    Not just the announcement of Beauden joining the Blues but I have to say, potato head Leon MacDonald (and I really wasn't a fan of his in his playing days), has also had a real positive impact this year.

    It really looked to be fatigue in the later rounds that hampered the Blues, especially with a key player such as Akira.

    The thing I also like about this signing is that hopefully Beauden can bring some more leadership to help Tuipulotu by leading the backs and also mentor other youngsters in the team based on his time in the ABs. A role model for emerging leaders like Blake Gibson and TJ Faiane.

    I wonder if he'll even be given the Captain's arm band?



  • Surprising signing, but a good one for the Blues. If one of their halfbacks improves, they’ll be a very tricky team. Losing Ofa or any other big men up front could make things tricky though.



  • With BB being signed and the 50% possibility of Akira turning up fit for the season....woah...the sky's the limit !!!!



  • Huge signing for the Blues. Ends comments like "Who would go to the Blues?" with the answer the best 10 in NZ, and incumbant flyhalf for the All Blacks.

    Solves the ten and goalkicking issue we had this year. Just having a 75%+ kicker would have won us 2/3 extra games this season, not even taking into account his freakish try scoring ability.

    Like Duluth said, will also likely attract other talent as well.

    Biggest signing for the Blues for over ten years IMO.

    If Jordie goes to the Crusaders to follow his missus too, both sets of fans should at least buy flowers for these woman!



  • @RoninWC I'd like Dalton to be captain. Think he has the right attitude and work ethic, super competitive.



  • @Kirwan

    He’d need to nail down 6 or 7 first though. In that case, put him at 7?

    He could be rotated a bit, but you’d expect him to play most games.



  • @gt12 said in Blues 2020 - Beauden Barrett is Signed:

    @Kirwan

    He’d need to nail down 6 or 7 first though. In that case, put him at 7?

    He could be rotated a bit, but you’d expect him to play most games.

    Personally, I think we needed his work rate at 6 over Robinson. But with Gibson's effectiveness being blunted by years of injury we could look at him there.


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