Beauden Barrett is the latest All Black to reach 100 Tests and is currently enjoying a career resurgence. His brilliance was on full display once again at Principality Stadium in the All Blacks lop-sided victory over Wales.
Barrett has clearly found his prime again and took home player-of-the-match honours after grabbing two intercept tries.
Head coach Ian Foster must be thrilled that he has two world-class fly halves competing for a starting position. However, with this latest performance, it may be Barrett who now holds a slight edge.
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Richie Mo’unga has hardly set a foot wrong but Barrett has relished his chances in the number 10 jersey.
Beauden can also offer some thanks to his brother Jordie for the rebirth. It wasn’t that long ago that the All Blacks were experimenting with Beaden at fullback. Jordie has now nailed down that position, with Damian McKenzie also providing cover there.
Welcome to the 💯 club @BeaudenBarrett! pic.twitter.com/GolGrNwlVG
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 31, 2021
Once upon a time, New Zealand fans were worried about what would happen in the post-Dan Carter era. The stats speak for themselves. If Carter was a once-in-a-lifetime player, Barrett has not been far off the mark.
He now has 39 tries to go along with his Rugby World Cup title, two player-of-the-year awards, and an 86% winning percentage. The All Blacks seem to be purring along
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Career highlights thus far:
100 Test ceremony: