All Black’s Beauden Barrett said he feared he could be forced out due to lingering concussion symptoms following a head injury sustained during a game against Ireland in November.
The two-time world player of the year left the field after a heavy test in New Zealand’s 29-20 loss in Dublin and failed to feature in last year’s final game against France.
After nearly three months of recovery, Barrett returned to Super Rugby last week for the first time since 2020 as a second-half substitute for the Auckland Blues against the Waikato Chiefs and said he was relieved to be back.
“I know well how concussion can lead to retirement if it doesn’t go well. Kane, my brother, had to give up his career because of it. I see many good friends and teammates who have been there. did so in the past,” Barrett told the New Zealand Herald.
“I tried to stay optimistic – I’m usually a very optimist. I tried to find other ways to get things done and I did.
“Perhaps this is the closest I’ve come to retirement and I’m not ready for it yet. I’m only 30 years old and I still have a lot to offer. Back in good health, I’m grateful to be here. and hope hope to contribute well to the Blues this season.”
Barrett, who made his New Zealand debut against Ireland in 2012 and has since helped his national team win the 2015 World Cup, said his recovery period has been “extremely difficult”. “.
“The hardest part about this is not finding a cure,” Barrett said. “It’s this million-dollar question with so many concussions. It’s frustrating.
“Normally, the months from December to January are festive fun time where you decompress and spend time with friends and family. I’ve done that, but it’s frustrating with the headaches of everyone. at the time.”
Barrett is expected to start in 10th place for the Blues against Highlanders tomorrow.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/concussion-in-dublin-nearly-forced-all-blacks-beauden-barrett-to-retire-41430643.html Concussion in Dublin almost forced All Negro’s Beauden Barrett to retire