Beauden Barrett is one of the All Blacks’ greatest-ever players. He has been hugely successful in international rugby, but not a lot of people know whether he has had the same domestic success.
Has Beauden Barrett won a Super Rugby Championship? Beauden Barrett has won one Super Rugby Championship, winning the title with the Hurricanes in 2016. This is the only time Barrett has won the Super Rugby title to date.
Beauden Barrett has in fact won a Super Rugby Championship, being the crucial man in taking the Hurricanes to their only-ever Super Rugby title. Barrett has been in the Super Rugby final two more times but lost both of those finals.
When did Beauden Barrett win a Super Rugby Championship?
Beauden Barrett won a Super Rugby title in 2016. Barrett came into the 2016 season looking for revenge having been part of the Hurricanes team to lose in the Super Rugby Final in 2015 despite finishing comfortably as the best team in the competition during the regular season.
The Hurricanes were again the top seed after a brilliant regular season, but this time it was a lot closer. The Lions and Stormers were just one and two points behind the Hurricanes respectively and the Hurricanes had lost four times this season, meaning it would be difficult for them to get back to the Final.
But the Hurricanes started off the knockout stages brilliantly. They began with a huge 41-0 win over the Sharks in Wellington before defeating the Chiefs in the Semi-Final, with Barrett scoring 15 points on his own, six more than all of the Chiefs combined. This meant the Hurricanes got their chance at revenge, with the Lions their opponents in the Final this time.
It was going to be a scrappy game as the conditions were wet and windy. The conditions were a bit elemental, with Lions fly-half Elton Jantjies unable to kick the penalty just minutes into the game. The Hurricanes thought they had scored the first try six minutes in when Cory Jane dotted down in the corner.
But Brad Shields had knocked on in the lead-up to the try and it was ruled out. But Janes could not be stopped, scoring in the corner in the 22nd minute after a terrible attempted kick-through from Lionel Mapoe inside his own 22. Just ten minutes in, the Hurricanes were up 10-0, but Jantjies slotted a penalty before halftime to make it 10-3 going into the break.
Another Beauden Barrett penalty made the game 13-3 and it was the Hurricanes’ main man that sealed the game. When the Lions fumbled the ball while trying to clear their lines, Barrett pounced, grounding the ball over the try line before the Lion’s defender could. It made the game 20-3 with just 12 minutes.
There were no more scores and the Hurricanes were crowned Super Rugby champions for the first time in the teams’ history. It was also Beauden Barrett’s first Super Rugby title. Barrett had been crucial in the success, being the tournament’s top scorer and man of the match in the final.
Who has Beauden Barrett played for in Super Rugby?
Beauden Barrett is one of the most talented rugby players in the world, having been World Rugby Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017. He has played in Super Rugby since 2011, playing for two teams in that time.
Beauden Barrett has played for the Hurricanes and the Blues in Super Rugby. Barrett started his career with the Hurricanes, having accepted an offer to be part of the Hurricanes training group in 2011 despite an offer from his future team the Blues.
Barrett would go on to become one of the greatest players in Hurricanes history over his next eight years with the team. Barrett left the team as their all-time top scorer with a whopping 1238 points for the Hurricanes and fourth for caps. He was also crucial in the team winning their first and only Super Rugby title in 2016, with Barrett being named man of the match in the final.
But following the 2019 Super Rugby season, Barrett announced he planned to switch Super Rugby clubs after signing a new contract with New Zealand Rugby. Barrett chose to play for the Blues, the side he almost signed with in 2011 before choosing the Hurricanes. Barrett’s time with the Blues so far has been pretty disrupted.
Covid-19 meant his time with the Blues has not really gone according to plan so far. Barrett played in Super Rugby Aotearoa in his first season with the Blues, missing his second after taking a sabbatical to play for Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath. Barrett did return to the Blues for the 2022 Super Rugby season.
His role with the Blues was diminished due to the emergence of Stephen Perofeta who took over goal-kicking duties for the Blues. But it was still a very successful season, with the Blues beating the Highlanders and Brumbies on their way to the Super Rugby Final where they faced the Crusaders.
Barrett was the captain for the final, facing off against his brother Scott Barrett who was the captain for the Crusaders. But Beauden could not lead his team past the dominant Crusaders, with the Blues only scoring seven points in difficult conditions. Barrett is contracted to play for the Blues in the 2023 Super Rugby season, but his future beyond the 2023 Rugby World Cup is unknown.
Who has Beauden Barrett played for outside New Zealand?
Like a lot of All-Black greats, Beauden Barrett has received a lot of interest from domestic clubs based outside New Zealand. Despite that, he has only ever played for one club not based in New Zealand.
In 2021, Barrett took a sabbatical from the Blues in Super Rugby and decided to play a season in the Japanese Top League. Barrett played for the Suntory Sungoliath for the 2021 season. He finished with 10 appearances for the club as well as a whopping 168 points in that time.
At the time of writing this is the only time Barrett has played for a club outside New Zealand, although there is speculation he will make the move to play in Europe after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.