All Blacks player Beauden Barrett has praised outgoing Steve Hansen, as his team prepares for last season with him as head coach. Hansen will step down as New Zealand coach after Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. Beauden stated this during an interview with Stuff.co.nz on January 7, 2019.
Beauden Barrett said: “He’ll be a huge loss – but it leaves an opportunity for someone else to step up. He’s done a lot for me and my game and I have to thank him for that. I could only wish him the best. He’s had a fantastic career and obviously the job’s not done yet – We all want to win the World Cup, retain the Bledisloe [Cup] and all the rest of it.”
All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett has reckoned that it will be difficult to best Steve Hansen, as he has set top standards. In his opinion future coaches will have to carry on the legacy. It will definitely be hard for them to fill his shoes.
Beauden Barrett described: “His ability to understand the player and get the best out of the player [is vital]. He knows how every individual in the team ticks, he treats everyone as an individual and I think the way he’s developed that, from when I first made the team to now – it’s obviously been a work-on and that’s why he’s the best coach in my opinion.”
Beauden Barrett who is now 27 years of age, had started his New Zealand career under Steve Hansen in 2012. He went on to become important All Blacks team member under guidance of Hansen. He credited his coach for helping in establishing a prime Rugby Union career for him.
Beauden Barrett continued: “It’s reassuring to know that your head coach goes out to bat for you when perhaps things haven’t gone our way – he has our best interests at heart and he backs us 100 percent.”
Beauden Barrett is on extended break to get more rest like other main All Blacks players, to be ready for 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in Japan. He disclosed that it is the first time he has trained this much in any off season. Beauden has remained active after New Zealand finished northern hemisphere tour with Autumn Internationals 2018 tournament in November. Beauden Barrett has set his eyes on Rugby World Cup as his focus is on enabling All Blacks in their title defense.
Beauden Barrett echoed: “This is probably the most I’ve ever trained over an off-season, because I’ve got an extended break. I’m trying to keep my fitness up and that way you enjoy the break too. You do the work in the morning and then you can have the rest of the day off and really enjoy it.”