Ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand this summer, fans north and south of the equator are universally looking on in wonder as brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett make the magical seem almost mundane for Super Rugby side Hurricanes.
New Zealand is a nation where rugby is like religion, where an oval ball finds its way into hands at an early age. It is therefore hardly surprising that there is an endless conveyor of talent supplying the country’s Super Rugby franchises and the national side.
Beauden Barrett, 25, is currently the reigning World Rugby Player of the Year and an established All Black, with opponents all too aware of the incredible skill set the out-half possesses.
In imperious form again this season, the Lions will have their hands full when they line out for their first Test with their hosts on June 24, and just to remind ourselves of what we might expect, take a look at Beauden’s highlights from the current Super Rugby season.
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As ridiculous as these highlights are, it is another Barrett who is grabbing the lion’s share of headlines this term. The injury troubles of All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder this season has seen the emergence of a certain 20-year-old named Jordie Barrett, younger brother of Beauden.
Deputising for Milner-Skudder, the younger Barrett was handed his Super Rugby debut this season and to say he has taken the opportunity with two hands is something of an understatement.
Such has been Jordie’s impact this season that there is a growing call from fans and pundits for his inclusion in the New Zealand squad to face the Lions this summer.
Looking at the young full-back’s season to date, it is easy to see just why people are so excited about the junior Barrett.
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Having already ruled himself out of All Blacks U-20s contention for the Oceania U-20s Championships in order to focus on the Hurricanes’ Super Rugby run-in, the youngster is giving All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen every excuse possible to pick him for the three-Test series.
Hansen has already admitted the younger Barrett brother is ‘there or thereabouts’ but for good measure, Jordie continues to add to his incredible debut season highlights, with new moments of magic coming almost with each passing game, moments such as these.
— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) May 5, 2017
With the Barretts’ other brother Scott, 23, plying his trade in the second row for the Crusaders, the only question left to answer now is, what do they put in the water in the Barrett household?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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