Ronan O’Gara, the former Irish number 10 and test centurion, says Beauden Barrett redefines the number 10 position.

O’Gara recently gave an interview with The Hard Yards podcast and spoke glowingly of Beauden Barrett and how he is changing the game. He said:

I think he has redefined the out-half [number 10] position. His capacity to accelerate and leave people for dead is fascinating.

Photo. Brendon Ratnayake /
Copyright Photo. Brendon Ratnayake /

O’Gara knows a thing or two about the 10 position having earned 128 caps for Ireland. He is now coaching Barrett’s predecessor Dan Carter in France.

His attack kicking game is brilliant. But the most important thing is the pleasure he takes out of performing every Saturday.

It is refreshing to see how simple and easy he makes the game look.

It’s completely refreshing nowadays with the amount of robots and meat in the game.

Perhaps O’Gara was referring to the consistent trend for bulk, size and lack of skill in northern hemisphere rugby. Barrett is displaying some of the most fluent skills on the planet this season. Over the years, the laws of the game have been adjusted to create a better spectacle. At times you’d wonder are the same laws being applied to the sport north and south of the equator, such is the gulf in skill set on display.

The above is a Twitter exchange between the two masters. O’Gara was present when Beauden Barrett won his first All Black cap against Ireland in 2012. The Irish legend showed his class when he offered Barrett his test jersey but refused to take Barrett’s in return. It’s a wonderful tradition in rugby whereby the debutant gets to keep his first jersey and the opposing player also offers his own.

Repeated Gesture

Aaron Cruden repeated the gesture in Chicago when Auckland-born Joey Carbery earned his first cap for Ireland. The 1014 loves the old school touch in professional sports.

Test centurion says Beauden Barrett redifines number 10 position
Beauden Barrett, Piri Weepu, and Aaron Cruden during the All Blacks v Ireland, 3rd test match, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday, 9 June 2012 . Photo: Simon Watts /




Author: Gareth Dinneen

Gareth is from Limerick, Ireland and has been obsessed with the All Blacks and NZ culture since 1989. He first arrived in NZ in 2001 to tutor in New Media and has since worked with Weta Digital on movies like Avatar, King Kong, The Avengers and most recently Valerian. Gareth grew up listening to his father Len on sports radio. Len is known as ‘The Voice of Rugby’ in Munster, Ireland. The 1014 brings Gareth right back to his sports media roots.



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