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Barrett’s a Blue

Beauden Barrett has confirmed he has signed a new contract with New Zealand Rugby, but he won’t be at the Hurricanes next season

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Beauden Barrett has confirmed that he has signed a new four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby that will see him stay in the country until 2023.

The deal also secures a switch from the Hurricanes to the Blues, with the deal tying Barrett down until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The 73-cap All Black is delighted to have finally been able to announce his decision following months of speculation.

“This is obviously a massive decision for me and my wife Hannah and we’re really looking forward to the next chapter of our lives. The Hurricanes will always be a huge part of who I am. The Hurricanes environment and style of rugby they play has helped me become the player I am today, and I’ll be leaving some very good mates,” he said.

Having turned out for the Hurricanes 125 times since 2011 the club has become a huge part of his life however, he is excited about the prospect of moving on.

“Wellington has been my rugby base for many years and university base for Hannah and we’ll always have fond memories of living there. Home for us now is Taranaki and Auckland and home and family are immensely important to both of us. I’m also enthusiastic about the new challenge I’ll get with the Blues over the next four years. They’re a team on the rise, I like the way they play and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that. While I’m looking forward to what the future holds, right now my focus is on the international season ahead with the All Blacks,” he added.

The 28-year-old has won two World Rugby Player of the Year awards in his career so far and NZR CEO Steve Tew noted this while talking about his joy at having Barrett stay in New Zealand.

“We are absolutely delighted that Beauden has committed to four more years with New Zealand Rugby. He joins a strong core of experienced Test players who are now with us leading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup. There is no doubting how important he is to the All Blacks and every team he plays for. As well as his on-field achievements, including back-to-back World Rugby Player of the Year awards in 2016-2017, he has also amassed numerous records, including being fourth on the All Blacks Test points-scoring list. He is now a genuine leader in any team he plays and a strong contributor to our off-field responsibilities. We all look forward to seeing him back in black for the international season and also wish him all the best with his move to the Blues next year,” he said.

The contract Barrett has signed allows him extra time off following the World Cup meaning he won’t join his new side until half-way through the 2020 season. It also includes a clause that states Barrett can take time at any point over the course of the four years to play rugby in Japan as long as it’s agreed among all parties.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen believes that knowing Barrett is on board for another four-years is a massive boost for the All Blacks squad.

“It’s fantastic news for the All Blacks and obviously for the Blues as well and we congratulate Beaudy and his wife Hannah on his decision to stay in New Zealand. He’s one of the best players in the world, a leader in our team and has been involved in numerous successful campaigns, from Rugby World Cups to Bledisloe Cups, and I believe he’s going to get even better. Knowing he will be here through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup is massive for the All Blacks as they move into a new phase post-2019,” he said.

Barrett’s commitment to his country and the Super Rugby is a real boost for fans too, who have seen a number of high-profile names turn to the Japanese Top League for financial reasons. Barrett will be hoping to celebrate his new contract with a good showing in the Rugby Championship before attempting to add a third World Cup in a row to the All Blacks cabinet.

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Cipriani Left Out of England Squad

Danny Cipriani has once again been omitted from an England training camp following a brief return to the international set-up

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England head coach Eddie Jones has chosen a 38-man squad for a two-week training camp in Italy and Danny Cipriani has been omitted.

Cipriani was originally selected in Jones’ 35-man training squad for the World Cup, when it was named on July 4th.

However, last week he was named on a three-man list, along with Anthony Watson and Sam Underhill, of players that would do separate “specialised strength and conditioning work” away from the rest of the squad.

The problem for Cipriani is that those two players have been named as part of the squad that will travel to Treviso for the 12-day camp whereas he has been left at home.

Jones has stated that some players have been left behind but are not completely out of the selection picture for the World Cup.

“Selection is absolutely challenging, we have left some good players doing work at their clubs and they must be ready if called up. Treviso is a hard yards camp with conditions similar to Tokyo. Team training will be about being adaptable and off the field enjoying each other’s company,” he said.

Another high-profile absentee is Ben Moon, who has been overlooked for selection with Joe Marler and Ellis Genge travelling and looking almost certain to be Mako Vunipola’s back-ups at the World Cup.

On the other hand, Mike Brown has continued his international revival by being selected in the travelling party. Brown has been out of the English picture for some time now but appears to have impressed since being called-up last week.

England will name their final World Cup squad on August 12th with some key selections still to be made but things are not looking good for Cipriani at the moment.

Check Out the Full 38-Man Squad Below.

Forwards:

D Cole (Leicester Tigers), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), L Ludlam (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), B Shields (Wasps), K Sinckler (Harlequins), J Singleton (Saracens), S Underhill (Bath Rugby), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons/Sale Sharks).

Backs:

M Brown (Harlequins), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), E Daly (Saracens), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), W Heinz (Gloucester Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Marchant (Harlequins), J May (Leicester Tigers), R McConnochie (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), B Spencer (Saracens), B Te’o (unattached), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), A Watson (Bath Rugby), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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Pumas Star Out of Wallabies Clash

One of Argentina’s key players has been ruled out of the side’s match with the Wallabies this weekend

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Argentinian hooker Augustin Creevy has been ruled out of this Saturday’s clash with the Wallabies with a shoulder injury.

The 34-year-old was in sensational form during Saturday’s narrow 20-16 loss to the All Blacks in their shortened Rugby Championship opener.

Having played only 48-minutes of that match Creevy would have been in perfect condition to play in Brisbane but the shoulder injury is certain to keep him out of the clash.

However, all hope is far from lost as Julian Montoya will more than likely take his place and Montoya himself is arguably in the form of his life.

The Pumas put it up to the All Blacks with both hookers starring in their efforts and All Blacks captain Sam Cane was full of praise for the Pumas after his side’s win.

“The Pumas are very accurate, very good one-on-one defenders and make a nuisance at the breakdown. They might not pinch the most ball but they certainly know how to slow it down. Their ability to just get back on their feet and keep coming off the line shows real desire. They put us under pressure from the first whistle right up to the last second of the game,” he said.

The Wallabies will be wary of Cane’s comments following their 35-17 loss to the Springboks last Saturday and with the Pumas side full of Jaguares players and European stars vying for places at the World Cup.

Argentina will be looking to bounce back after missing out on their first ever win against the All Blacks and it appears as though even without Creevy they will be confident of heading to Brisbane and winning down under.

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Springboks Name 36-Man Squad for All Blacks Test

South Africa have taken 36 players to New Zealand for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday

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Springboks director of rugby Rassie Erasmus has confirmed his side will bring 36 players to New Zealand in preparation for their clash with the All Blacks this Saturday.

Erasmus, coaching staff and a total of eight players left Johannesburg on Saturday following their 35-17 defeat of the Wallabies and left for New Zealand.

The players that left with Erasmus on Saturday were Eben Etzebeth, Jesse Kriel, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Rynhardt Elstadt, Trevor Nyakane, Elton Jantjies, Herschel Jantjies and Bongi Mbonambi.

Yesterday a further 10 players jetted off for New Zealand and are expected to train later today.

They joined-up with 14 players who were already in New Zealand, having been sent over last Thursday to begin their preparations for the All Blacks test.

As well as the 32 that have made their way over Lizo Gqoboka, Warrick Gelant, Marvin Orie and Andre Esterhuizen are to travel over in the coming days.

It appears as though Etzebeth will continue as captain after it was confirmed that regular captain Siya Kolisi has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship campaign.

The Springboks will hope to cause an upset in New Zealand following their win on Saturday which has left them first in the standings after the round one fixtures.

Following their game on Saturday they will travel to Argentina, where they face the Pumas to conclude their shortened Rugby Championship campaign on August 10th.

Check Out the Full 36-Man Squad Below.

Forwards (21):

Schalk Brits (Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee (Ulster, Ireland), Lood de Jager (Vodacom Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell C Sharks), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Rynhardt Elstadt (Toulouse, France), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Lizo Gqoboka (Vodacom Bulls), Steven Kitshoff (DHL Stormers), Vincent Koch (Saracens, England), Francois Louw (Bath, England), Frans Malherbe (DHL Stormers), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Franco Mostert (Gloucester, England), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Marvin Orie (Emirates Lions), Kwagga Smith (Emirates Lions), RG Snyman (Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Vodacom Bulls).

Backs (15):

Lukhanyo Am (Cell C Sharks), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks, England), Andre Esterhuizen (Cell C Sharks), Warrick Gelant (Vodacom Bulls), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Herschel Jantjies (DHL Stormers), Cheslin Kolbe (Toulouse, France), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Makazole Mapimpi (Cell C Sharks), Sbu Nkosi (Cell C Sharks), Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz, Japan), Handré Pollard (Vodacom Bulls), Cobus Reinach (Northampton Saints, England), Frans Steyn (Montpellier, France).

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