Barrett to play 100th match for Hurricanes

Beauden Barrett is all smiles ahead of his 100th games for the Hurricanes. Photo: Getty Images
Beauden Barrett is all smiles ahead of his 100th games for the Hurricanes. Photo: Getty Images
Growing up in Taranaki, a young Beauden Barrett aspired to one day pull on the black and yellow of the Hurricanes.

In 2011, he was given his chance and has been a staple of the side since.

Now, when the side hosts the Crusaders tomorrow, Barrett will become the 12th player to notch up 100 games for the franchise.

"Growing up I remember Dad playing for the club so it was always a dream to play a game for the Hurricanes and for it to be my hundredth this weekend is very special," Barrett said.

"I'm not going to let the occasion interfere with what we're there to do - I want to focus on what I'm there to do and that's to play well for the team."

Barrett will bring up his 100th game alongside brother Jordie, who will start at fullback again for the team in his second game back from injury.

The match will be a family affair, as their brother Scott lines up for the Crusaders.

It will be a memorable night for prop Ben May as well, as he brings up his 100th Super Rugby match.

He played for the Chiefs and Crusaders before donning the Hurricanes jersey.

"It is a big achievement coming from a little town called Murchison. It's just a dream to play this level of footy," May said.

"It couldn't have happened on a bigger game. We've got a fair bit on this week so it's just sort of dropped to the back of the mind and try to get things sorted first on the paddock."

After two mediocre performances to start the season, the Hurricanes return to home soil with a big challenge on their hands.

The defending champion Crusaders have started the season where they left off, with back-to-back wins.

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