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Three more years for Barrett at Hurricanes

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/08/2016

Star first-five Beauden Barrett has spurned the advances of the Blues and cashed-up Northern Hemisphere clubs to recommit to the Hurricanes for another three years.

The 25-year-old re-signed on Monday for the Hurricanes and hometown provincial club Taranaki, as well as the All Blacks, until the end of the 2019 season.

Barrett, who cracked New Zealand's starting XV in this year's Bledisloe series, has been in unplayable form throughout 2016.

He drove his Hurricanes outfit to their maiden Super Rugby title and caused havoc in the All Blacks' June series against Wales.

Barrett told reporters the decision to renew with the Wellington-based club was a no-brainer.

He was loving rugby across all levels of the game and was keen to sign on for more.

"It's great to get things across the line," Barrett said.

"It was clear in my mind right from the start, although there was some speculation.

"It's where I want to be."

Barrett put his strong 2016 form down to a good frame of mind both on and off the field.

"I'm really enjoying my footy and my time off the pitch, getting that balance is crucial," he said.

New Zealand Rugby chief Steve Tew, sitting alongside Barrett, expressed his relief at seeing the contract negotiations finalised.

Competing with lucrative European contracts was often a challenge for the union.

"You've taken time to think through what you wanted to do, but at no stage wavered from your vision to stay and play," Tew told Barrett.

Earlier, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Barrett's recent form had been nothing short of spectacular.

He was quickly becoming one of the standout players in world rugby.

"He's been a world-class player coming off the bench for some time, (and) he's now graduated into starting Test matches for us," Hansen said.

"It's nice to have him signed up and secure."

Hurricanes chief executive Avan Lee said Barrett was everything he wanted in a player at his club.

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