All Blacks star Beauden Barrett has not played a game for the Blues yet, but he’s already made his mark by setting a fitness record for the Auckland-based Super Rugby club.
The fleet-footed utility back came out of Covid-19 lockdown to set a personal best in a fitness test at the first training session ahead of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition on Monday.
And his time for the punishing ‘Bronco’ test, reported by the Blues as 4min 12sec, even stunned Hurricanes coach Jason Holland who thought Barrett’s younger brother Jordie would be quicker at their Wellington base.
“Was it really… s..t you’d have to check those measurements,” Holland said with a laugh.
“That’s quicker than Jordie… I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that quick. Somewhere between 4.20 and 4.26, something like that [was Jordie’s time].”
The Blues and the other Super sides were back in action as a team today, after weeks on the sidelines as they like the rest of the world waited out Covid-19.
Their last match was against the Lions at Eden Park on March 14, the Blues won without Barrett to climb to second in the New Zealand conference, and fourth overall.
The Bronco sees all players run shuttles of 20 metres, 40 metres and 60 metres five times over, as quickly as they can.
Along with Barrett’s, eight personal bests were set during the drill, the Blues said.
Super fit former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw reportedly had a best of 4min 56sec for the Bronco.
“PB [personal best], mate, always happy with a PB,” former Hurricanes No 10 Barrett said. “I don’t know how much kicking I’ll be doing after this, though.”
Halfback Jono Ruru completed the drill just two seconds after Barrett.
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