Barrett had an extended break after the Rugby World Cup last year and was slowly getting back into training with the Blues in Auckland.
His much-anticipated return against his former Investec Super Rugby club, the Hurricanes was all set for next weekend (in a perfect world).
The 28-year old featured on last night’s Investec Super Rugby Isolation Nation on Sky Sport and told Israel Dagg he was set to return to the footy field this weekend in Taranaki.
“I was supposed to be playing a game of club rugby for Coastal and then it would have been against the Hurricanes the following week if everything went well. That was certainly the goal to return to play for that game, but we will have to wait and see, hopefully sometime soon.”
It’s been a long time between drinks for the 83-Test All Black, who hasn’t played rugby since the Rugby World Cup bronze medal match in early November. Barrett’s been keeping himself busy while in lockdown at home in Auckland, and the carpet’s been getting a workout with his golf practice.
He said he’s got through week one in lockdown really well.
“I’ve always been a big planner and a big attention to detail guy. I like to plan out my week, especially with what I’m doing each day. I just try and keep a fair amount of normality to this isolation period which is important. Hannah [wife] had a huge list of jobs that Jack, my brother and law and I have been smashing through. We have updated the list and Hannah has a lot of work to do.”
Staying connected with the Blues has been important during the last couple of weeks, and like many of other sporting teams and businesses around the world, video calls has been key to the communication.
“We have various chats going and we are on Zoom, so we catch up three times a week to check in, just to stay connected. We have been given programmes and are talking to strength and conditioning coaches. It’s amazing how much you can do with modern technology.”
Catch the next episode of Investec Super Rugby Isolation Nation live on Sky Sport on Sunday at 7:30pm.