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Jordie Barrett signs with Taranaki

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/12/2016

Gifted back Jordie Barrett is returning home to play his domestic rugby, agreeing to a two-season NPC deal with Taranaki.

After a successful season with champions Canterbury, 19-year-old Barrett will represent the province where he was born and raised.

It follows his recent signing of a first Super Rugby contract with the Hurricanes despite overtures from the Crusaders.

The versatile Barrett is regarded as one of New Zealand's premier young prospects. He toured the northern hemisphere with the All Blacks in November on an apprentice basis.

Like his older brother, World Rugby player of the year Beauden Barrett, Jordie was born and raised in Taranaki.

The province has also lured home halfback Logan Crowley, 20, following his stint with NPC champions Canterbury.

Both players, who attended Lincoln University together, hail from famed Taranaki rugby families.

Jordie is the son of long-serving provincial loose forward Kevin Barrett while Logan's uncle is former All Blacks fullback Kieran Crowley.

Securing his future was a relief for Barrett, whose year also included provincial representative cricket for Taranaki and Central Districts A.

He was arguably New Zealand's best player at rugby's under-20 world championship.

"I've really enjoyed my rugby this year but I am looking forward to having a good break over Christmas," he said.

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