‘2015 pain will drive Hurricanes’

Date published: December 7 2015

The Hurricanes' will use their defeat to the Highlanders in this year's Super Rugby Final as motivation in next season's competition.

That is the word from the Wellington-based franchise's All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, who admitted that the loss in the final is still fresh in his memory.

Barrett said the Hurricanes will use that result to spur them on in 2016.

"Absolutely, we don't need any more motivation than remembering the pain of the final," he told NZ Newswire.

"It's a game of inches and you have to take your opportunities. Anyone on the day can win, so there are valuable lessons there."

Experienced All Black centres Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith have left the Hurricanes to further their careers in France.

This means that there will be added pressure on Barrett's shoulders as he will be expected to give guidance to an inexperienced back-line.

He admits that it will be a big challenge but one he is keen to take on.

"They're all talented players and they have to understand that they've earned their spot at the Hurricanes," added the 2015 Rugby World Cup winner.

"It took Conrad and Ma'a years of experience to get to where they are now, so I'm sure if they just do their thing and are willing to learn, they'll be fine."