Beauden Barrett is doing everything he can in pre-season to improve his skill-set in order to get a crack at the All Blacks’ number ten jersey.
Barrett, who scored in the Rugby World Cup final win over Australia last year, is in the thick of training with the Hurricanes ahead of the new Super Rugby campaign.
The 24-year-old has 36 caps for the All Blacks, but only eight starts, with six of those coming ay fly-half.
With Dan Carter and Colin Slade now having moved to France, Barrett will be fighting it out with Aaron Cruden and Lima Sopoaga to claim the number ten jersey.
“All I can worry about and focus on is playing well for this side and getting myself into that position to do so [claim the number ten jersey],” Barrett told Stuff.
“That’s my focus for pre-season, working hard and working on my skills so that it does happen.
“Usually we’d return in late January, but this is probably better for us [All Blacks] coming in at this time because it means we’ll be in better condition come kickoff, which is great and we’ve had plenty of time off since the World Cup, so we’re raring to go.”