Beauden Barrett has been a key part of the All Blacks for the best part of a decade. He has been a crucial element of New Zealand rugby and so people can often forget exactly how long Beauden Barrett has been playing professional rugby.
When was Beauden Barrett’s debut? Beauden Barrett made his professional rugby debut on the 6th of August 2010 in the ITM Cup with Taranaki. He made his Super Rugby debut in 2011, making his All Blacks debut on 23rd June 2012 coming off the bench against Ireland.
Beauden Barrett was always likely to be a rugby superstar considering the family he grew up in. Barrett showed a lot of rugby promise at Francis Douglas Memorial College, the same college his three rugby-playing brothers went to. It meant that he got attention from his regional side Taranaki, the same side his father captained.
Beauden made his Taranaki debut in 2010, impressing massively in his first season with the side. It led to his Super Rugby debut with the Hurricanes which came in 2011 during the team’s tour of South Africa, coming off the bench four times. 2012 was the first time that Beauden started for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby.
His All Blacks debut was something that Beauden had probably dreamt of since he was a kid. He was called into the New Zealand squad in May 2012, just a couple of months into his second Super Rugby season. Barrett would make his All Blacks debut on the 23rd of June 2012, coming off the bench in the third test against Ireland.
Barrett played over 120 games for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby before deciding to change teams. He moved to the Blues and made his Blues debut in Super Rugby Aotearoa on the 14th of June 2020. After his Super Rugby debut with the Blues was delayed, Barrett finally go to make his debut for the Blues playing against his old team the Hurricanes, with the Blues coming out 30-20 on top.
He has also played for one team outside of New Zealand, with Barrett taking a sabbatical in early 2021 to play in Japan instead of playing in Super Rugby with the Blues. Barrett made his debut for the Suntory Sungoliath on the 21st of February 2021 in a massive 75-7 victory over Mitsubishi Sagamihara Dynaboars.
How much does Beauden Barrett earn?
Beauden Barrett is one of the best players in the world, having been back-to-back World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year. He is one of the players to have a central contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union and makes a lot of money out of it.
The current four-year contract that he has earns him £540,000 per year, with his current deal expected to expire after the 2023 Rugby World Cup. He was also handsomely paid in 2021 for his time in Japan, said to earn around NZ$1 million for his single season in Japan. It is much more difficult to try to estimate how much he earns from sponsorships and advertising deals.
It is likely we will see Barrett look to increase his earnings after the 2023 Rugby World Cup. There are quite a few rumours that he will look for a contract to play in Europe after his last World Cup with the All Blacks, following the path of former All-Black legends like Dan Carter and Ma’a Nonu, who went to Europe after their international careers had ended.
How many Yellow Cards does Beauden Barrett have?
At the time of writing, Beauden Barrett has received eight yellow cards in his entire career. Four of those have come with the All Blacks, with the other four coming for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby. Barrett is yet to get a yellow card for his new Super Rugby team the Blues.
Barrett has had quite a good disciplinary record over the years, managing to have a three-year spell where he avoided any cards in any competitions. But he has still managed to rack up eight yellow cards in his career. The first yellow card of his professional career came with the All Blacks, being sent to the sin bin in the Rugby Championship in 2013.
He had a particularly bad year for discipline in 2017, picking up three yellow cards in the 2017 Super Rugby season as well as his first red car which was the result of two yellow cards in the same game. His most recent yellow card came for the All Blacks against England in the 2022 Autumn Internationals.
Beauden Barrett position
For the majority of his career, we have seen Beauden Barrett play as a fly-half. This is the position that he has played the majority of games in, whether that be with New Zealand or in Super Rugby with the Hurricanes or the Blues. This tends to be his primary position, which is also known as First five-eight.
But we have seen Barrett also play a considerable number of minutes at Fullback. Beauden is phenomenal with the boot and controls the game really well, one of the reasons we have seen him deployed at fullback. In the last few years, we have seen this more often, with Barrett playing at 15 for the All Blacks thanks to being displaced by Richie Mo’unga.
Why did Beauden Barrett move to the Blues?
It was a pretty shocking thing to hear back in 2019 when it was announced Beauden Barrett would leave the Hurricanes to join the Blues, their Super Rugby rivals. A lot of people have wondered why Barrett made this move.
Barrett had a few different reasons for moving to the Blues. He has said in interviews in the past that he was a little bit bored of the same environment and he needed a change if he wanted to stay in New Zealand. Beauden also spoke about moving closer to home, with Beauden wanting to move to Auckland with his young family.
He also spoke about knowing he had more to give to the All Blacks. Beauden chose not to move away from New Zealand as this would have ended his international career, with Barrett knowing he still had more to give to the All Blacks.