That the Blues have rummaged down the back of the couch to find their last dollar to throw at Beauden Barrett is hardly a surprise.

That Barrett may actually be considering taking said offer, is.

A big one.


Huge, in fact, as it would surely be the greatest career risk an established All Black has made in the professional age.

It's understood that Barrett is on track to sign a similar deal to Brodie Retallick, where he will commit through to the 2023 World Cup but with a pre-agreement to take time off in 2020.

As much as he