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Beauden Barrett set to join Blues on four-year deal

Headlines 12/07/2019

All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett is set to sign a long-term deal with the Blues Super Rugby franchise.

TVNZ is reporting Barrett will sign a four-year deal with the Auckland side, after eight years with the Hurricanes.

Barrett has played 125 games for the Hurricanes since making his debut in 2011, and was a part of the 2016 championship-winning side.

The Blues haven't made the Super Rugby playoffs since 2011 and haven't won a title since 2003 when Carlos Spencer was marching the team around the park, and will be hoping the All Black first five eighth can change that.

The Auckland franchise has failed to find a long-term first-five in recent years, with all three of their playmakers for the 2019 season under 25 years old (Harry Plummer, Stephen Perofeta and Otere Black).

However, Barrett will likely miss the majority of the 2020 Super Rugby season, with NZME reporting the 28-year-old will be taking both a non-playing and playing sabbatical as part of his contract extension to stay in New Zealand.

Barrett will take a break from rugby and make himself available for the last few weeks of the Super Rugby season to get up to speed ahead of the July and Rugby Championship tests, before then joining a Japanese club at the end of the year, where he will be based until May 2021.

A move north has been expected with Barrett and his wife, Hannah expected to move to Auckland later this year.

Barrett will fly out with the All Blacks to Argentina on Friday to prepare for the opening Rugby Championship games against Argentina next Sunday.

Credit to Newshub.