Beauden Barrett Agrees Bumper Contract With Overseas Club, Ruling Him Out Of All Blacks Selection
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All Blacks superstar Beauden Barrett has agreed a massive £780,000-a-year deal to join Japanese team Suntory Sungoliath, according to an exclusive report by Nik Simon for the Daily Mail.
Barrett, who recently left the Hurricanes for the Blues, will reportedly join up with his new side after this year’s autumn internationals.
The deal means Barrett will be unavailable for All Blacks selection for two years with New Zealand Rugby agreeing to release him from his contract in a bid to ease the financial strain of the current worldwide crisis.
Japan has become a hotbed for top internationals in recent years with Top League sides flush with funds. The likes of Dan Carter, Eben Etzebeth, RG Snyman, Damien de Allende, Matt Giteau and Brodie Retalick have all called Japan home in recent years.
English trio George Kruis, Alex Goode and Freddie Burns have also all signed on for next season with Manu Tuilagi also linked with a move following his Leicester Tigers departure.