Barrett extends Crusaders stay
Christchurch - Crusaders lock Scott Barrett
has re-signed with the Christchurch outfit team for another two years,
following a very impressive season so far.
Barrett made his first Crusaders appearance
in 2014 when the side faced England during its New Zealand tour. He also came
off the reserve bench against the Blues later that season.
Having debuted for the Canterbury
provincial team that same year, he did enough to convince Crusaders head coach
Todd Blackadder that he deserved a spot in the 2015 Crusaders squad.
Blackadder commented that Barrett has made
the most of his opportunities this season.
"Scott is a talented young player, who
has an exciting future ahead of him," he told the Crusaders' official
"You could see straight away that he
was going to be a great footballer and this season he has proved it. He has
taken every opportunity he’s been given and is pushing some of the more
experienced players in the team for game time.
"Scott has an exciting future ahead of
The 22-year-old, 1.98m lock said he is
loving playing for the Crusaders and it was an easy decision to sign up for a
further two years.
"I have learnt so much in this
environment and love playing for the Crusaders," he revealed.
"Todd, the other coaching and
management staff and the players have been fantastic in sharing their knowledge
and are really supportive. It’s a great environment and it brings out the best
in my rugby, so re-signing was an easy decision to make."
Barrett has rugby in his blood. His father, Kevin "Smiley" Barrett,
played over 100 games for Taranaki and 33 matches for the Hurricanes in 1997 and
His older brother Kane played for Taranaki
and the Blues, while Beauden plays for the Hurricanes and is also a current All
Black. Younger brothers Blake and Jordie have both represented Taranaki in age
grade rugby and Jordie is currently in the Crusaders Rugby Academy.
Like his brothers, Scott played his
schoolboy rugby for Francis Douglas Memorial College and was a standout
performer in their first XV. Scott has also played for the New Zealand U20