The Barrett boys’ selection for the All Blacks hasn’t just been celebrated by their parents Kevin and Robyn Barrett and the Taranaki rugby community.
Current first-five Beauden — who has now played 46 tests at the age of just 25 — will be joined on the All Blacks’ end of year tour of America and Europe by younger brothers Scott, 22, and Jordie, 19.
The trio’s selection was confirmed on Sunday and among those cheering on the family success were the boys’ partners; Hannah Laity (Beauden), Hannah McCulloch (Scott) and Alice Marshall (Jordie).
Beauden and Laity — a tax specialist — spent a few days in Auckland after last Saturday’s record-breaking test win over the Wallabies, with the star No 10 tweeting on his brothers’ inclusion “Proud day for the Barrett family. Congrats to my little brothers Scott and Jordie!”
After the team announcement, McCulloch posted a picture of herself with Scott, with the message: “Congratulations to Scotty B for getting the call up #hardworkpaysoff #proud #Allblacks.”
Jordie Barrett and Alice Marshall.
Scott was there when McCulloch, a keen sportswoman herself, graduated from Lincoln University last year after completing a Bachelor of Agriculture degree. Scott is also doing an Agriculture degree at Lincoln.
Meanwhile, Jordie is dating fellow Lincoln University student Alice Marshall, 20 who is also proud of her rugby star-in-the-making boyfriend.
Like the Barrett family all three girls seem salt-of-the-earth Kiwis.
Scott Barrett and Hannah McCulloch.
When taking time out of their sporting, work and studying calendars, Beauden, Jordie and their partners have enjoyed holidays in Fiji and the most private of the six, Scott and his partner, had great adventures at Tasman Glacier in July.
Laity travelled to watch Beauden at the Rugby World Cup in the UK last year, but it’s not clear if any Barrett partners are going on the upcoming ABs tour, which kicks off against Ireland in Chicago next Sunday.
The Barrett family is part of Taranaki rugby royalty; with Kevin one of the proud province’s most legendary players. Beauden, Scott and Jordie are three of eight siblings; five boys and three girls. Both Jordie and Scott have represented Canterbury in the 2016 Mitre 10 Cup.