Super 18 champions Hurricanes have signed up Jordie Barrett, the younger brother of All Blacks star Beauden, on a two-year deal for the 2017 and 2018 Super Rugby campaigns.
A versatile back, the 19-year-old can play at 10, 12 and 15 and impressed during this year’s U20 World Cup in England, kicking 52 points and being named in the Tournament’s Dream Team.
The 6ft 3in, 15st 11lbs tyro has impressed during this year’s Mitre 10 Cup for Canterbury, enjoying a 92% success rate off the tee and accruing 29 points, scoring three tries, making 52 carries, beating 11 defenders and not missing a tackle in his five appearances thus far.
Barrett’s move to the ‘Canes continues the Barrett rugby dynasty in Wellington, as he becomes the third member of his family to play for them, after his father Kevin and brother Beauden.
Speaking about the deal with the ‘Canes website, the New Plymouth-born star had this to say,
“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.
“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 was confident the franchise would be able to help the level-headed youngster reach his full potential, adding:
“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.
“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, full-back 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 contribution.”
Hefin Jones, Pundit Jones