Beauden John "Beaudy" Barrett (born 27 May 1991) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the fly-half position for Taranaki and the Wellington based Super Rugby side the Hurricanes, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. He was key member of 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team. Barrett also plays fullback and wing as demonstrated with Taranaki and the All Blacks.
Barrett has played at under-20 and Sevens levels for New Zealand before being called into the All Blacks' training squad in May 2012 and made his international debut as a replacement in the final test against Ireland in Hamilton, when he kicked nine points. He debuted for Taranaki in 2010, and debuted in Super Rugby with the Hurricanes in 2011. In 2016, he won the World Rugby Player of the Year award.
Barrett was born in New Plymouth and grew up on a dairy farm in Pungarehu, a small town in Coastal Taranaki up the Surf Highway near Hawera, with his seven siblings. He has four brothers and three sisters; Kane, Scott, Blake, Jordie, Jenna, Zara and Ella. When he was eight years old, the Barrett family spent a year in Ireland. At St Fiach's National School in Ballinacree, Oldcastle, County Meath, he and his brother Kane learned how to play Gaelic football. From an early age, he played with the local Coastal Rugby and Sports Club. He attended Francis Douglas Memorial College in New Plymouth, where he excelled in its first XV.
Barrett came to the attention of national selectors at the age of 19, after he was selected in the New Zealand Sevens team for the final two legs of the 2010 IRB Sevens World Series in England and Scotland and debuted for Taranaki in the ITM Cup against Northland.
The following year, he, along with Charles Piutau, was selected in the New Zealand under 20 squad (coached by Mark Anscombe) and featured (in the starting XV) at Fullback most of the tournament, in which New Zealand won the world championship in Italy.
Barrett made his debut for Taranaki in the 2010 ITM Cup competition, coming on as a replacement against Northland. The then teenager was named most promising player of the year after a season that saw him break into the ITM Cup squad before he became the first choice first five-eighth at the end of the season.
Returning to Taranaki for the 2011 ITM Cup, Barrett kicked 29 points – including an ITM Cup record nine penalties – in a 39–33 win over Bay of Plenty. With Barrett playing, Taranaki finished third in the ITM Cup and lifted the Ranfurly Shield off Southland. Barrett was then named Taranaki Back of the Year later that year.
Due to his All Black duties, Barrett appeared only four times in 2012 for Taranaki, recording 60 points. He returned after missing the 2013 and 2014 seasons for the province after featuring at first five-eighth against Otago in round three of the competition. His performance didn't go unnoticed after a break, from set play, saw him break the Otago line with ease, and speed, to find wing Jackson Ormond in support to take his pass for the opening try in the 12th minute. With three minutes left in the first half, he sized up his options perfectly again to slip a kick across field where right wing Codey Rei was waiting in clear space to secure the ball and score.
Barrett signed a development contract with the Hurricanes to become a Hurricanes wider squad member in 2011 after turning down an offer from the Blues. He was called up by the Hurricanes before the side's 2011 tour to South Africa where he saw time off the bench, earning his first four Hurricanes caps. He made his debut in a 50–47 win over the Central Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, a match that saw the Hurricanes prevail on full-time with a try to lock Jeremy Thrush that Barrett converted.
In 2012 Barrett scored 197 season points and broke Jon Preston's previous Hurricanes single season scoring record of 152 points set in 1997. In 2013, Barrett represented the Hurricanes in his third Super Rugby season and finished with 186 points for the year.
Barrett ended speculation concerning his future by signing a two-year contract extension with the Hurricanes in 2014. The then 23-year-old only signed a 12-month deal the previous year after reportedly almost joining the Auckland Blues. Along with Julian Savea, he started all sixteen matches for the Hurricanes and by early April, in the 2014 Super Rugby season, Barrett had already scored 100 points. He finished the season scoring 209 points.
In 2015, Barrett had a couple of injuries throughout the Hurricanes 2015 season. He first had a frustrating month of rehabilitation for a knee injury suffered against the Crusaders on 2 May after Barrett's scans revealed a grade-two tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee.
He had been ruled out of the Hurricanes' Super Rugby derby match against the Chiefs with a calf strain. Barrett returned to Hurricanes just in time for the 2015 Super Rugby final in which the Highlanders created an upset and heaped heartbreak on the Hurricanes with a 21–14 win in Wellington.
In 2016, Barrett scored the most individual points that season with 223, in addition he was the only player in the 2016 Super Rugby season to surpass 200 points. He was named man of the match in the Super Rugby final, scoring 15 points as the Hurricanes beat the Lions 20-3 to win their first title.
In June 2012, Barrett was named in the All Blacks squad for the Irish tour of New Zealand. Barrett's Test debut was a memorable one; the first five-eighth coming off the bench after 24 minutes and helping the All Blacks contribute 9 points to a record 60–0 win over the Irish. He went on to play five Tests in 2012.
Barrett returned to international rugby in 2013, being named in the All Blacks squad for the French tour of New Zealand. Barrett was a key player, playing in the historic 30–0 victory over France, scoring his first test try, which was subsequently voted International Rugby Players' Association's Try of the Year for 2013.
Barrett holds the world record for consecutive wins since his first test (19 wins from 19 tests).
In June 2014, Barrett featured in all of the 3-Tests against England starting on the bench, in the mid-year Test series. He played in the opening 2 Bledisloe Cup Test games against Australia starting from the bench in August.
In September 2014, Barrett then got an opportunity to start in the All Blacks No. 10 role for the first time in his All Black career playing against Argentina at McLean Park in Napier following an injury to Aaron Cruden. Despite having a tough night with the goal-kicking, kicking only one from five attempts, he produce a strong 55-minutes performance and being involved in setting-up the team's 3 tries. He was then sub off by Colin Slade in the 55th minute. The following week, he was benched for the home-game clash against South Africa and came on to replace Aaron Cruden in the 58th minute of the All Blacks 14–10 win over South Africa kicking a successful penalty goal attempt.
Following Aaron Cruden's boozy night out and off-field drama, Barrett got more opportunity to start in the All Blacks No. 10 (Fly Half) role, starting for the last 2 Tests of the Rugby Championship. He even guided the All Blacks to a 3-straight Rugby Championship Title in the All Blacks' 34–13 win over Argentina in La Plata and then he featured in the 25–27 loss to South Africa in Johannesburg. He finished the Rugby Championship with 30 points (6 Conversion Goals and 6 Penalty Goals) as 5th highest point-scorer (behind teammate Aaron Cruden with 37 points).
On 18 October 2014, despite Aaron Cruden returning to the team squad for the third Bledisloe Cup match in Brisbane, coach Steve Hansen selected Barrett to start at No. 10 for the team's clash against the Wallabies. He played for 72 minutes, kicking 3 goals from 4 attempts and produced a strong performance, before being replaced by Colin Slade. The All Blacks won the game 29–28.
Barrett was selected for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, starting in one fixture against Namibia, and coming off the bench to cover wing and fullback in the rest.
On 31 October 2015, Barrett scored the final try in the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final match against Australia, having been substituted on for the injured Nehe Milner-Skudder. Dan Carter converted his try to make the final score 34–17.
During the Wales tour to New Zealand, Barrett came off the bench in the second test after Aaron Cruden was injured, he scored 11 points in the second test which New Zealand won 36-22. Barrett started in the final test against Wales; he was praised heavily for his 26-point haul in a 46-6 demolition of a tired Wales side.
Due to his superb form for the Hurricanes and against Wales during their tour; Barrett supplanted an injury-plagued Aaron Cruden at fly-half for the 2016 Rugby Championship. He seemed to cement his position as New Zealand's first choice fly-half as New Zealand beat Australia by a record 42-8, away; he followed this with another 29-9 victory over Australia in round 2. Barrett only seemed to get better as the Rugby Championship continued as New Zealand comfortably beat Argentina 57-22 and South Africa 41-13, winning the Championship with two rounds to spare. Barrett finished as the highest point scorer of the tournament, scoring 81 points across the 6 matches played.
Barrett won the award for World Rugby Player of The Year later in the year, beating teammate Dane Coles to the award and becoming the next All Blacks player after Dan Carter to win that award. Barrett's 95-meter individual try against France in New Zealand's final match for the year saw Barrett overtake Ben Smith as the second to highest try scorer in the All Blacks for the year, scoring 9 tries throughout the calendar year, having doubled his career total. Barrett finished behind winger Israel Dagg who scored 10 tries that year.
Domestic record overall:
|2012||Taranaki||Mitre 10 Cup
(incl. Ranfurly Shield)
Test record overall:
|Opposition||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Winning %||Tries||Conversions||Penalties||Drop goals||Points total|
|1||France||Christchurch, New Zealand||Rugby League Park||Test match||000000002013-06-15-000015 June 2013||Won|
|2||France||New Plymouth, New Zealand||Yarrow Stadium||Test match||000000002013-06-22-000022 June 2013||Won|
|3||South Africa||Johannesburg, South Africa||Ellis Park Stadium||Rugby Championship||000000002013-10-05-00005 October 2013||Won|
|4||Japan||Tokyo, Japan||Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium||Test match||000000002013-11-02-00002 November 2013||Won|
|5, 6||Wales||Cardiff, Wales||Millennium Stadium||Test match||000000002014-11-22-000022 November 2014||Won|
|7||Namibia||London, England||Olympic Stadium||Rugby World Cup||000000002015-09-24-000024 September 2015||Won|
|8||South Africa||London, England||Twickenham Stadium||Rugby World Cup||000000002015-10-24-000024 October 2015||Won|
|9||Australia||London, England||Twickenham Stadium||Rugby World Cup||000000002015-10-31-000031 October 2015||Won|
|10||Wales||Wellington, New Zealand||Westpac Stadium||Test match||18 June 2016||Won|
|11, 12||Wales||Dunedin, New Zealand||Forsyth Barr Stadium||Test match||25 June 2016||Won|
|13||Australia||Sydney, Australia||ANZ Stadium||Rugby Championship||20 August 2016||Won|
|14||Argentina||Hamilton, New Zealand||Waikato Stadium||Rugby Championship||10 September 2016||Won|
|15, 16||South Africa||Durban, South Africa||Growthpoint Kings Park||Rugby Championship||8 October 2016||Won|
|17||Ireland||Dublin, Ireland||Aviva Stadium||Test match||19 November 2016||Won|
|18||France||Paris, France||Stade de France||Test match||26 November 2016||Won|