The All Blacks are expected to experienced player after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, with Beauden Barrett apparently considering move to Racing Metro.
Significant player mobility has become the norm following rugby’s premier tournament, and many would have expected a significant number of senior All Blacks to explore overseas following next year’s championship, which will be held in France.
A number of current All Blacks, including Laulala, Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith, and Richie Mo’unga, are under contract until the end of 2023, and while New Zealand Rugby will undoubtedly try to keep some of them in the country beyond the World Cup, it appears inevitable that a number of them will take major offers with overseas clubs.
Barrett has been an All Blacks mainstay since debuting in 2012 and has clocked up over a century of appearances in the black jersey. Barrett remains locked in a battle with Richie Mo’unga to wear the No 10 jersey.
At 31 years of age, Barrett best years are perhaps coming to a close and the talented utility back would undoubtedly attract a significant paycheck at Racing, where former All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter also spent three seasons towards the end of his career.
Beauden Barrett would loss to New Zealand, they have given ample service to the black jersey and have well and truly earned big money deals overseas, should that be where the future takes them.