Beauden Barrett breaks Blues record on first day of training

After more than two months of no rugby activity due to the Covid-19 lockdown, a familiar name made his mark for a new club as New Zealand’s five Investec Super Rugby Aotearoa teams hit the training pitch on Monday.

Beauden Barrett is still yet to make his much-anticipated debut for the Blues but that didn’t stop him from entering their history books with a record time on the Bronco Test.

Barrett blitzed the grueling aerobic fitness test in a club record time of 4.12. The impressive time was also a personal best for Barrett and was two seconds clear of halfback Jonathan Ruru.


Introducing the 6 rugby brothers you didn’t know about… including the other Wilkinson

Did you know that Martin Johnson and Jonny Wilkinson both had brothers who played professional rugby?

While all of the focus, fame and attention can fall on certain members of the family, it is easy to forget that there can be other siblings plugging away in the game.

But who are some of these men? And where do or did they play?

Mark Wilkinson, brother of Jonny

He spent his three-year professional career between 2002 and 2005 at Newcastle Falcons, alongside his brother, Jonny, predominantly playing as a Centre.


Tom Cowan-Dickie, brother of Tom

A product of the Penzance & Newlyn RFC’s youth section, Tom initially developed his rugby through the club and at Mounts Bay School, as did his younger brother Luke. The 28-year-old, who also plays hooker, first joined the Cornish Pirates in 2010, and signed a new two-year deal in May 2020.

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