Cape Town - Jordie
Barrett has signed a contract to play for the Hurricanes and will join
his brother Beauden in Wellington for Super Rugby 2017 and 2018.
The multi-talented 19-year-old will become the third member of the
Barrett family to play for the Hurricanes after his father Kevin and
Barrett said he was excited at the opportunity to become a full-time
professional rugby player and to make a contribution to the Hurricanes.
"It was a big decision for me to commit to rugby full time as I have
really enjoyed playing cricket the last couple of years and in
particular the playing opportunities I was given through both Taranaki
and Central Districts Cricket," he told the 'Canes website
"I just felt that signing with the Hurricanes was the right decision
for me. It has been a goal of mine to play Super Rugby and to be able to
train and play alongside Beauden at the Hurricanes will enable me to
continue to develop as a player."
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd said he was looking forward to helping another talented Barrett reach his potential.
"Jordie's an exciting young player with undoubted talent and a real
drive to succeed and we believe the Hurricanes is the right environment
for him to develop his talent," he said.
"Like all young players starting out he still has room for
development and with the right coaching structures around him at the
Hurricanes I'm sure we will see him realise his full potential in the
years to come.
"He's a very versatile player who is capable of playing second-five,
fullback and also at first five, so he really adds some value to our
squad in that respect and I'm sure he's going to make a really positive
Barrett said settling on the first big move of his professional
career had been a tough decision, particularly with another brother,
Scott, at the Crusaders.
"I had approaches from both the Crusaders and Hurricanes and it was a
very difficult decision as I've really enjoyed my rugby this year and
the Canterbury playing environment has been fantastic," he explained.
"It is good to have my immediate playing future sorted as I can just
focus on playing well during the remainder of the Mitre 10 Cup."
Barrett was a member of the New Zealand Under-20s team at the 2016 World
Rugby Under-20 Championships in England and will again be available for the
national age grade squad in 2017.