BEIJING – All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett said Thursday that he plans to “mentally refresh” during his season-long sabbatical in Japan before returning to play for New Zealand next year.
The 32-year-old is preparing to start the new Japan Rugby League One season this weekend after signing for Toyota Verblitz along with international team-mate Aaron Smith.
Barrett committed to a new World Cup cycle with the All Blacks on Monday by signing with New Zealand Rugby until the end of 2src27.
He previously played in Japan with Tokyo Sungoliath in
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