Hurricanes playmaker Jordie Barrett has re-signed to the Wellington franchise for another season.
The 24-year-old, who is currently under contract with New Zealand rugby until the end of 2022, has a clause in his contract that allows him to switch Super Rugby alliance for his senior year, but has chosen to join the Hurricanes stay.
The blues have been discussed as a possible target for the youngest Barrett brother, with Beauden returning to the club after a season in Japan for 2022.
However, earlier this week, Blues boss Andrew Hore confirmed to NZME that they had finally given up luring Jordie Barrett north.
“We’ve tried and tested Jordie before and (things) are going to be fine for us,” said Hore.
“We have [Roger] Tuivasa-Sheck, brought Beaudie here next year. The point now is for some of these other boys to get up. ”
With the likes of promising newcomer Zarn Sullivan and veteran activist Stephen Perofeta in the books, the Blues are well armed as full-backs.
Conversely, Barrett is the only proven option in the # 15 jersey for the Hurricanes.
With Barrett re-signing the Wellington side, TJ Perenara back on the books for 2021, and former All Blacks Owen Franks and Dominic Bird also joining the team, it looks like the franchise that looks like Super Rugby Aotearoa and fourth in the last place of the ranking is in Super Rugby Trans-Tasman.
“Jordie is an incredibly influential part of the Hurricanes. Outside of the field, he has become one of our key leaders and on the field his skills are visible to everyone, ”said Hurricanes coach Jason Holland.
“Above all, he is a young man of quality with high standards and values that rubs off on all of us around us.”
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