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Barrett to play 50th

  • Barrett to play 50th

He's only 23 years old but when Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett runs out against the Blues tonight at Eden Park, the Taranaki youngster will notch up his 50th cap for the franchise.

Barrett made his debut for the franchise back in 2011 and followed in the footsteps of father Kevin who played 15 match in the late 90's. The confident New Plymouth born pivot has come on in leaps and bounds since starting his career at the Hurricanes behind Aaron Cruden. He made most of his early appearances at fullback. 

Barrett's All Blacks debut came in 2012 where he played 20 minutes as a replacement in the final test against Ireland. He kicked three penalties in that match.

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Tonight Barrett matches up against the relatively untested Ihaia West at five-eighth for the Blues. The Blues have used a number of players in that position in an up-and-down 2014 season.

The match kicks off in Auckland at 7.35pm.

Hurricanes: Matt Proctor, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith (captain), Alapati Leiua, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, James Broadhurst, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben Franks/Reggie Goodes. Reserves: Ash Dixon/Motu Matu'u/Reggie Goodes/Mike Kainga, Chris Eves, Reggie Goodes/Brendon Edmonds, Brad Shields, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Tim Bateman, James Marshall.

 

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