New Zealand's domestic Super Rugby competition will feature the nation's five franchises in a 10-week home-and-away competition. The tournament leader after 10 rounds will be declared the champion.
The Blues returned to training today, Monday, ahead of Super Rugby Aotearoa and concerns over whether Beauden Barrett would be fit for the Auckland based franchise were quickly put to bed with the former World Player of the Year setting a club record in the fitness testing.
Barrett hasn't featured in a competitive game since the Rugby World Cup with his effort made even more astounding by the fact that Barrett was still to lace the boots up for his new franchise before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barrett was part of the "backs bubble" that returned to the team's Auckland training base on Monday ahead of the kick-off of Super Rugby Aotearoa on June 13. As well as the two-time World Rugby Player of the Year's new Bronco record of 4 minutes 12 seconds, the franchise also reported eight further personal bests.
Beauden Barrett breaks the Blues Bronco record and beats his PB straight out of lockdown 😳🤯 pic.twitter.com/P4fSothXNB— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) May 18, 2020
"A PB, mate, always happy with a PB," a puffing Barrett quipped immediately after finishing. "I don't know how much kicking I'll be doing after this, though."
The Bronco test is a 1200m shuttle involving running to-and-from a start line to 20, 40 and 60-m marks, five times without a break.
Barrett joined the Blues after an extended break following last year's Rugby World Cup and was back training before the coronavirus pandemic forced the suspension of the Super Rugby season.