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Barrett's move is about leadership

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OPINION: The devil is in the detail with Beauden Barrett's move to the Blues.

If the All Blacks No 10 takes up an option for a Japanese deal, say in 2021, he may play only about one-quarter of the Blues' games over the next two years.

Barrett said there was "uncertainty" over the timing of Japanese seasons but all signs are pointing to them clashing with Super Rugby in coming years – while Blues fans were sold the line Barrett was there for four years it may work out more like two-and-a-half in terms of actual playing time.

So, why did the Blues celebrate his signing so loudly? In a word, leadership.

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