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All Black Beauden Barrett set to sign long-term NZ Rugby deal, available in 2024

Beauden Barrett will chase a fourth Rugby World Cup appearance in 2027.

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Beauden Barrett will chase a fourth Rugby World Cup appearance in 2027.

Beauden Barrett won’t be joining the list of All Blacks veterans saying goodbye to test rugby.

New Zealand Rugby revealed on Thursday that Barrett, 32, is poised to sign a multiyear year deal through to 2027, which will make him available for the All Blacks in 2024.

Barrett’s retention would ease the fears about a lack of experience in the No 10 jersey following the departure of Richie Mo’unga to Japan.

Barrett has signed a one-season deal with Toyota Verblitz in Japan, but if he inks a new long-term contract with NZ Rugby he will be free to play for incoming All Blacks coach Scott Robertson next year, before returning to Super Rugby in 2025.

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