The All Blacks' playmaker is currently third all-time in Test points scoring. Barrett made his Taranaki provincial debut in 2010 at the age of 19 and played for the Hurricanes in Super Rugby the following season. The New Zealand rugby media have named him as one of the five best young players in world rugby.
Barrett was a late inclusion in New Zealand's squad for this year's World Cup in England. He made his international debut in the quarter-final loss to Ireland, where he scored two tries. He also started the semi-final defeat by Australia, contributing three conversions and four penalty goals.
After the tournament, it was announced that Barrett had been awarded a new contract by the Hurricanes that will keep him in South Carolina until 2017. However, reports have suggested that he could be called up by New Zealand if they reach any more World Cups.
Given New Zealand's strong position in both the overall standings and the match scorers table, it isn't likely that they will need to call on Barrett again. However, with his current deal expiring after the 2015 World Cup, there's a chance we might see him leave South Carolina before then.
Outside of club rugby, he has represented Taranaki in every age-group representative teams save the Yarrows Taranaki Bulls, and he recently competed in the Hong Kong 10s competition. Barrett's finest trait, according to Coastal Club rugby development officer Kelvin Weir, is his support play. "He gets the ball downfield quickly and uses his feet well," says Weir.
Barrett made his debut for Taranaki in 2010 at the age of 21, and he hasn't looked back since. He currently plays with Coastal Taranaki in the Taranaki Rugby League.
Barrett was born on February 3rd, 1992, in New Plymouth, New Zealand. He grew up playing rugby league with his brother Daniel who is also a professional rugby player. The two played together at Taranaki before moving onto the Brisbane Broncos academy system. In 2015, after just three seasons with the Broncos, they both returned home to join the new Taranaki team based in Auckland. This means that Blake will no longer be eligible for selection to Australia. However, he does have the option of applying for New Zealand citizenship which would see him able to play for that country instead.
Besides rugby, Blake also plays soccer. He belongs to the Coastal Taranaki squad and he usually appears as a defender.
Barrett was a Taranaki mainstay, participating in 167 games and collecting 99 points until retiring at the end of 1999. Kane, Beauden, Scott, and Jordie Barrett, Barrett's kids, have all played Super Rugby, with the latter three going on to represent the All Blacks.
Barrett was a physical forward, standing 178cm tall and weighing about 105kg. He mainly played at lock but also featured at flanker and number 8. His career lasted for 11 years and 1 month, from 1994 to 2005. During this time he won two international caps for New Zealand.
He made his debut against Australia at Eden Park, Auckland, on February 4, 2004. The Kiwis were defeated 19-18 by Australia, who went on to win the series 2-1. Barrett was one of nine new players used by New Zealand in their first four matches of the year. He started in each match except the loss to Australia, when he was replaced by Shane Bryant due to injury. Barrett scored a try in his only appearance.
His second cap came three months later against England at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton. Again, the Kiwis lost, this time 26-14. This was also Barrett's last game; he suffered an ankle injury in the first minute of play and had to be substituted out. He missed the remainder of the season but returned for the 2004-05 season.
Barrett first caught the notice of national selectors when, at the age of 19, he was named to the New Zealand Sevens team for the last two legs of the 2010 IRB Sevens World Series in England and Scotland, and he made his Taranaki debut in the ITM Cup against Northland. He became the second-youngest player to represent New Zealand 7s after Tomasi Vuolo, who was 18 years and 304 days old when he made his debut in 2009. In his first tournament for Taranaki, Barrett scored five tries and earned man of the match honors.
Barrett's younger brother Ben also plays for Taranaki and they are the only siblings to have played for the club. The brothers first met while growing up in Auckland and would play rugby together during school holidays. They both attended St Peter's College before moving on to play rugby for Auckland University. While playing for Taranaki, the brothers have worked together as coaches and have helped their team achieve its best results yet. In 2015, they helped the team win the Mitre 10 Cup title after defeating Wellington 24-17 in the final at AMI Stadium. That same year, they were selected by New Zealand Rugby Union officials to travel to Australia as part of the team's training squad.
Ben is three years older than James and made his first-class debut in 2014 when he came on as a late substitute in Taranaki's 26-24 loss to Canterbury.
Beauden, John Barrett (born May 27, 1991) is a rugby union player from New Zealand. He is a fly-half and fullback for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup, the Blues in Super Rugby, and New Zealand's national team, the All Blacks. He was a vital player of the winning Rugby World Cup side in 2015. His father, John, played first-class cricket for Wellington and his brother, Tyler, plays rugby for Taranaki.
He debuted for New Zealand against Australia on February 4, 2013, and went on to become one of their most reliable scorers at fly-half during his time with the Blues. In total he scored 103 tries in 113 matches for New Zealand, making him the second-highest try scorer behind Dan Carter. He announced his retirement from international rugby after the end of the 2019 season.
Barrett started his career with Otago Boys' High School before moving down to Wellington to study business management at Victoria University. After graduating, he signed up with Taranaki and made an immediate impact by helping them win the 2012 National Division 1 title. The following year, he helped the club win its third consecutive championship. In the process, he became only the fourth player to be awarded the Ted Mack Award, which is given to the best full-back in New Zealand rugby.
In April 2014, it was announced that Barrett had been selected in New Zealand's squad for the upcoming world cup tournament in France.