Extending the contracts of S Barrett and Taylor until 2027

Extending the contracts of S Barrett and Taylor until 2027

Aurélie Sacchelli, Media365 Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 3:16 p.m.

Second row Scott Barrett and hooker Cody Taylor have extended their contracts with the New Zealand FA until the 2027 World Cup and will therefore not be able to come and play in Europe during this period.

If Sam Kane announced last month his international retirement at the end of this year, at 32 years old, the adventure continues with the All Blacks for Scott Barrett and Cody Taylor. On Thursday, both players signed with the Crusaders and with the New Zealand FA until the 2027 World Cup. If the European club is interested in their profile, they will have to wait another three-and-a-half years. Therefore, 30-year-old second-row Scott Barrett, brother of other international players Beauden and Jordie, will remain with the Christchurch Crusaders, whose jersey he has worn since 2014.And with the All Blacks, for whom he has been selected 69 times since 2016, much to his delight. “Representing my team and my country has always been a privilege, and having the opportunity to do another World Cup has been a huge motivation for me. It's great to have certainty for myself, Hannah and our little boy, and we can't wait for the next chapter.”

Taylor: “It was an easy decision to make.”

Same reaction from 33-year-old hooker Cody Taylor, who has played for the Crusaders since 2013 and has won 85 caps since 2015: “I have the opportunity to play another World Cup and wear the shirts I love a few more times.” “I'm grateful to the Federation for allowing me to take a break this year from my last contract. I feel energized and excited for what's to come. I'm well settled in Christchurch with our young family, and the decision to stay in New Zealand was an easy one.” Coach Scott Robertson is delighted to see two of his most important players continuing their international careers: “Scott and Cody bring leadership, talent and energy to the teams they represent, but their positive impact goes beyond what they do on the field. They are extremely demanding on a daily basis and inspire those around them through their actions. Scott is one of the most tactically astute players and has the respect and admiration of his teammates and coaches. While Cody's dedication to his craft is evident every time he comes in, “the fact that they are committed until the end of 2027 is great news for New Zealand rugby.” The All Blacks' next matches are scheduled for July, with two matches against England and one against England Fiji.

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