Star All Black Barrett recommits to NZ Rugby, Crusaders
Lock Scott Barrett has pledged his future to the All Blacks after re-signing with New Zealand Rugby and the Crusaders until 2023.
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The news was confirmed on the All Blacks' official website on Tuesday - the second day back in training for New Zealand's Super Rugby sides after the Covid-19 break.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster was quick to welcome the re-signing of the 36-Test lock.
"This is massive news for New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks. Scott has already made an outstanding contribution to the team since making his debut back in 2016 and we know the best is yet to come. It's really exciting for the future having him re-signed," Foster said.
Adept at set-piece play, active around the park, and strong on defence, 26-year-old Barrett's five Test tries also paint the picture of a player with strong ball running ability.
But it is as a leader where Barrett has really grown in 2020. The man affectionately known as "Scooter" took over the captaincy at the Crusaders from Sam Whitelock this year and led them to the top of the New Zealand Conference when the competition was suspended after seven rounds.
The country's domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa season will start on 13 June. - Compiled by Sport24 staff