Barrett ready for Wallabies

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:49
Large beauden barrett all blacks training 800

REACTION: All Blacks and Hurricanes flyhalf Beauden Barrett says he wasn't expecting to start for the All Blacks in this weekend's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener against Australia.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen named playmaker Barrett in the pivotal position ahead of Aaron Cruden for Saturday's match in Sydney.

Barrett, 25, said he was used to coming off the bench and had been happy in that role, but getting the start this week was something he was excited about.

"I always aspired to wear that No.10 jersey," Barrett told "In the past, I've been coming off the bench - which I have been really happy to do and that was my role for the team so now it's an opportunity for me to play well and put my hand up." 

"Saturday night can't come any quicker but I don't want to play the game too soon so I am staying relaxed at this stage."

Barrett's form during the latter stages of the Super Rugby competition almost demanded his getting the starting role and he said it had been great to finish a campaign with a key win in the competition Final, but again it had been on the back of a team playing well.

"I'm always looking to grow my game, I still have a lot of growth to do," he said.

"The key thing is I'm just enjoying my footy at the moment."


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 28 October 2016
Ulster v Munster 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Scarlets 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Edinburgh v Zebre 18h35 BT Murrayfield
Northampton Saints v Gloucester 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Sat, 29 October 2016
Harlequins v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Saracens v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Allianz Park
Ospreys v Dragons 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Leinster v Connacht 16h15 RDS Arena
Sun, 30 October 2016
Wasps v Newcastle Falcons 14h30 Ricoh Arena
Bristol v Sale Sharks 15h00 Ashton Gate
Exeter Chiefs v Bath 15h00 Sandy Park
Team P W D L Pts
New Zealand 6 6 0 0 30
Australia 6 3 0 3 14
South Africa 6 2 0 4 10
Argentina 6 1 0 5 5