16 Apr 2015

All Blacks first five keen to play at Olympics

4:27 pm on 16 April 2015

The All Blacks first five Beauden Barrett has put his hand up to play for New Zealand in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Rio Olympics.

Earlier this week fellow first five Aaron Cruden announced he wouldn't be chasing Olympic selection as did All Blacks number eight Kieran Read.

All Blacks interested in playing at the Olympics had to express an interest to sevens coach Gordon Tietjens who has said they'd need to play several tournaments on the world series circuit, meaning they would miss about six rounds of next year's Super Rugby tournament.

All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett wants to play Rugby Sevens at the Rio Olympics.

All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett wants to play Rugby Sevens at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Photosport

Barrett said he's let Tietjens know he's interested.

"It's very appealing. Who wouldn't want an opportunity to win gold?...so I definitely put may hand up."

Meanwhile both Barrett and his All Blacks teamate Jeremy Thrush are on the verge of significant milestones for Super rugby leaders the Hurricanes.

Thrush will play his 100th game for the franchise on Saturday when the Hurricanes host the defending champions the New South Wales Waratahs in Wellington.

Barrett is also edging closer to becoming the Hurricanes top point scorer of all time, needing just 10 points to surpass the record set by David Holwell of 676 points.

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