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All Black Jordie Barrett to join Leinster next season

Leinster have announced the signing of All Black Jordie Barrett from the Hurricanes on a short-term deal from 2025. 

The utility back has signed a contract extension with the New Zealand Rugby Union until 2028 and has exercised an option to take an overseas sabbatical.

In a statement published on Leinster’s website, Barrett said:  “It’s going to be a great place for me to develop as a rugby player in a different environment where I’ll learn so many different things.

He added: “Ireland is a special place for the Barrett family. We’ve got so many great family connections in Oldcastle, in County Meath and throughout Dublin. To have an opportunity to go back and meet some family and friends and connections that were made twenty years ago is pretty cool.”

Barrett has won 57 caps for the All Blacks, and will join Leinster in December 2024 for the second half of their season.

Comment: Jordie Barrett’s move to Ireland is nothing short of extraordinary and spells trouble for all opponents

Jordie Barrett playing for the All Blacks-Credit: IMAGO

Leinster already possess a squad packed full of world class talent. A large chunk of Ireland’s Six Nations Championship plies their trade in Dublin. Barrett will be able to learn from excellent players around him whilst also contributing his abilities to Leinster’s goals next season.

In what is appearing to be a commonplace in modern rugby, Barrett is the latest New Zealander to take a sabbatical and move elsewhere. He joins notable names such as Ardie Savea, Richie Mo’unga, Sam Cane and older brother Beauden Barrett in departing their home country.

Barrett also links up with Jacques Nienaber, one of the masterminds behind South Africa’s triumph at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Ultimately, his move to Leinster is one of excitement for all of the rugby world. Barrett will be able to show his exploits in the northern hemisphere.

Despite not being in dire need of new world class talent, Leinster’s coup of Barrett spells trouble for all their opponents, both domestically and in wider competitions. Leinster are on course to achieve their aims of winning the Investec Champions Cup, having reached the semi finals with a 40-13 win over La Rochelle, and are currently top of the United Rugby Championship.