Rugby: All Blacks, Crusaders lock Scott Barrett re-signs with NZ Rugby through to end of 2025

All Blacks veteran lock Scott Barrett has re-signed with New Zealand Rugby through to the end of 2025.

The 29-year-old has put pen to paper that will lock him in with the Crusaders in Super Rugby Pacific and Taranaki in the National Provincial Championship for a further two seasons.

Barrett's contract extension will be welcomed news for Kiwi rugby fans and his coaches, amidst a growing post-2023 World Cup exodus to Japan and beyond.

Instead, he joins younger brother Jordie Barrett, who last year also committed to NZ Rugby through to the end of 2025.

While older brother Beauden Barrett has already confirmed he will be playing in Japan in 2024, with NZ Rugby actively trying to bring back the All Blacks star after that.

But for Scott Barrett, the decision to stay for another two years has him thrilled to turn out for the representative teams he adores.

"I am excited to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby, the Crusaders, and Taranaki for two more years," Barrett said.

"I am grateful to have the opportunity to represent these teams which I love playing for."

Barrett has become an integral part of the All Blacks since making his test debut in 2016, amassing 58 appearances.

His versatility and starring performances for the Crusaders saw him named captain of the serial Super Rugby winners in 2020.

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson believes Barrett's understanding of the game is what sets the him apart from most.

"For club and country Scott Barrett committing through until the end of 2025 is huge," Robertson said. 

"His experience, the respect, and mana he has in every team he plays for makes him a massive asset. He's got the ability to be one of the greats of our game. He is a true Crusader."