Rugby World Cup 2019: Beauden Barrett says family behind Blues move

Beauden Barrett says he turned down big-money offers from abroad to do what's best for his family, and sign a long-term deal with the Blues.

Barrett confirmed on Friday that he will be moving to Auckland - and will don the Blues jersey from mid-2020 in a new four-year New Zealand Rugby deal.

His decision to sign with the Blues Super Rugby franchise was down to family, as his wife Hannah is from Auckland and they were committed to settling down in the City of Sails.

The move ends Barrett's long relationship with the Hurricanes where he has played 125 games since making his debut in 2011.

Barrett said he contemplated living in Auckland and commuting to Wellington when needed, but the playmaker said that wasn't going to work.

"There were many reasons, and it was a thorough process, but ultimately it was a family decision," he said. "It was the best thing for Hannah and me.

Beauden Barrett and his wife, Hannah.
Beauden Barrett and his wife, Hannah. Photo credit: Getty

"I knew I wasn't ready to go offshore and I know I have plenty left in the tank and to give it for New Zealand. We worked back from there and figured out what would be the best for me, my family and my rugby.

"Early on at the start of the year, I'd be silly not to look and see what was out there, but I just knew I wasn't ready to go so I soon shut out that option and focussed on what would be best for my family and me going forward." 

However, Barrett said it has been challenging trying to find a house in the Auckland region.

"The house prices are tricky, aren't they? I've been looking for a while... but my list on the OneRoof site, it's pretty big.

"I've been looking everywhere, does anyone have a spare room?" He joked.

Barrett said it was tough telling his closest teammates about the decision to leave the Hurricanes.

"I have been keeping it close with [Huricanes teamate] TJ [Perenara]. He's a man I just had to keep in the loop. I told him and Colesy [Dane Coles] a couple of days ago. It was very difficult but they were very supportive.

"It is a challenge I'm ready for. I've been playing Super Rugby for a while now and I've enjoyed it."

Barrett said he is excited about playing for the Blues and hopes he can help the franchise reach the Super Rugby playoffs for the first time since 2011.

"I've given my all for the Hurricanes, but I see huge potential for the Blues. They've had some close loses...and if you can find a way to turn that around...I believe they know how to do that.

"I've been around for a while now, and I want to share my experience with them. I know how to influence the players around me. I've spoken to Leon [MacDonald, Blues coach] about where he wants this team to go."


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