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Beauden Barrett is relishing his role as the All Blacks’ main man after playing as a rookie in 2015.
Four years on from his memorable World Cup-sealing try, there is a rather different feel going into the global showpiece this time round, for All Blacks game-breaker Beauden Barrett.
Injected off the bench with quarter of an hour to go in that 2015 final against the Wallabies at Twickenham, Barrett’s electric pace off a Ben Smith kick cemented back-to-back crowns for New Zealand.
It was also the start of a rapid rise to the top, for a man who at that point was primarily an impact weapon (eight starts in 36 tests) with all care and not much responsibility.
Now, 42 tests on (and the last 40 of them starts) it’s a different beast for the 28-year-old going into his second World Cup, with so much having happened both on and off the park for him, and the spotlight to be shining so much more brightly his way in this edition of the tournament.
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After winning back-to-back World Rugby Player of the Year titles in 2016 and 2017, and again being a nominee again in 2018, Barrett has this year got married, re-signed with New Zealand Rugby but switched Super Rugby clubs in preparation to live in a new city, and of course has been shifted
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