Beauden Barrett

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen defends Beauden Barrett: 'They all do it'

A South African supporter spotted All Blacks fullback Barrett nudging the ball with his foot while referee Nic Berry had his back turned during the 16-all draw in the Cake Tin last weekend, and posted TV footage of the incident on social media.

Feedback from fans online didn't lack heat.

Beauden Barrett to join Blues next year

Barrett – a two-time World Rugby Player of the Year – has penned a four-year contract to keep him in New Zealand through to the end of the 2023 World Cup.

But the 28-year-old and 73-cap New Zealand international will represent the Blues at club level from 2020, leaving Super Rugby rivals the Hurricanes, where he broke through in 2011.

The complex new contract will see first five-eighth Barrett join the Blues midway through the 2020 season, however, as he takes an extended break from rugby at the end of this year.

All Blacks goal kicker Beauden Barrett caught moving ball behind ref's back

Pieter van der Spuy spotted the All Blacks star stealing metres behind the referee's back prior to his one successful penalty kick in the team's 16-16 draw with the Springboks on Saturday.

All Blacks captain Kieran Read opted for a shot at the posts when referee Nic Berry awarded New Zealand a penalty near the 22m line in the 48th minute of the match. But, as van der Spuy pointed out when he posted the video on Twitter, Barrett rolled the ball approximately four metres closer to the posts when Berry's back was turned.

All Blacks name Richie Mo'unga at 10, Beauden Barrett at 15 for South Africa clash

Crusaders first-five Mo'unga got the nod at 10, while Hurricanes first-five Barrett starts at fullback for the Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday night.

Only Barrett, Ben Smith and Brodie Retallick have been retained in the starting XV which beat Argentina in Buenos Aires last weekend.

Smith moves to right wing to accommodate Barrett's switch to 15, while Retallick starts alongside Sam Whitelock at lock.

Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett primed for clash of All Blacks' pivots

Denied a head-to-head clash between the All Blacks' pivots in round two in Christchurch because Barrett wasn't back from an extended break, Crusaders first-five Mo'unga and his Hurricanes counterpart will line up opposite one another in Wellington on Friday night. 

The last time they clashed - during last year's semifinal in Christchurch - Mo'unga outplayed Barrett in a 30-12 win, the second time he did so during the red and blacks' march to a ninth Super Rugby title. 

Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita to start for Hurricanes

Beauden Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape and Vaea Fifita will all take their place in the run-on team at CET Arena in Palmerston North on Friday night.

Barrett and Savea were on All Blacks leave/rest during last weekend's 38-22 loss to the Crusaders, Perenara and Laumape came off the bench, while Fifita played 50 minutes for the development team on his way back to fitness after a hamstring injury.

The Hurricanes have added 182 All Blacks caps to their starting XV to take on the Brumbies.

Beauden Barrett and Brodie Rettalick touchdowns up for try of the year

The All Blacks tries began with turnovers deep in their team's own half with Retallick and Barrett the finishers, with the others scored by Ireland number eight CJ Stander and Scotland's New Zealand born winger Sean Maitland.

Barrett, the 2016 and 2017 World Rugby Men's 15s Player of the Year, is bidding to become the first player to win the Try of the Year award twice after receiving it in 2013 for his try against France.

All Blacks near full strength for Boks

Coach Steve Hansen has made nine personnel changes and a positional switch to his experimental starting team that saw off Argentina 46-24 in Nelson.

A fourth bonus point win from four matches would guarantee a third straight Rugby Championship crown for the world champions with two rounds of matches still to play.

Few would bet against it given the Springboks are coming off successive losses on the road and haven't won in New Zealand for nine years.

It hasn't stopped Hansen naming close to his strongest available team.

Barrett and Fifita in doubt for third test

Both Barrett and Fifita suffered their concussions in last night's 26-13 win over France in Wellington.

Barrett's incident occurred in the 12th minute of the match when he collided in mid air with France fullback Ben Fall.

Fall was red carded for the incident because Barrett landed on his neck and head.

Coach Steve Hansen says both Barrett and Fifita will stay in Wellington tonight and will be monitored throughout the week.

Hansen said a decision will be made later in the week on whether they'll join the group in Dunedin ahead of Saturday's test.

Barrett scoops World Rugby's top prize again

The skilful fly-half joins All Blacks great Richie McCaw as the only player to have retained the award, while Barrett, McCaw and the great Dan Carter are the only three to have won the prize more than once.

Barrett enjoyed another stellar year in international rugby, helping New Zealand retain the Rugby Championship, while he was also a part of the side that drew a thrilling series with the British and Irish Lions 1-1.