Beauden Barrett Super Rugby: The race is on – Which Auckland club will bathe in Beauden Barrett’s reflected glory?

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As Beauden Barrett prepares for his lengthy – non-playing – sabbatical before joining the Blues midway through next season, every rugby club in Auckland and further afield would do well to prepare their pitches for the two-time world player of the year.

That’s because the former Hurricanes first-five will almost certainly play at least one club game before he joins Leon MacDonald’s side, and the reflected glory, not to mention the publicity caused by the media scramble, could keep a club going for years.

MacDonald isn’t sure exactly when the All Blacks playmaker, who has played 83 tests and set the recent World Cup alight before he and his side crashed into England’s stubborn white wall in the semifinal, will play his first game for the Blues, other than “mid-season”.

“His negotiations were a little unique; they were off to the side,” MacDonald told the Herald of Barrett’s Blues deal. “Now that there’s a new CEO, there’s paperwork th

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