Twice World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett will look to continue his All Blacks career next year under new coach Scott Robertson after signing a deal to the end of the 2027 Rugby World Cup cycle.
Playing in Japan with Toyota Verblitz, the 32-year-old will return home next year to be available for selection and will be back playing for the Auckland-based Blues in Super Rugby in 2025.
"It's a huge privilege to put on the black jersey and one I will never take for granted," the All Blacks fullback said in a New Zealand Rugby (NZR) statement on Monday.
Barrett, along with younger brothers Scott and Jordie, was in the starting XV for the All Blacks' 12-11 defeat by South Africa in October's World Cup final in France.
The 123-test All Black has been a key part of their success since his 2012 debut, scoring 734 points and 43 tries across a career that included the 2015 World Cup triumph in England.
Barrett's signature is a coup for Robertson as the former Crusaders' boss looks to regenerate an All Blacks squad that have lost plenty of experience and a slew of great players to retirement since their final defeat in Paris.
"Beauden brings an enormous amount of class to the table," Robertson said in the NZR statement.
"He is the second most-capped All Black back in history for a reason and to have his knowledge and experience in our game is a reflection of his loyalty."
Australian Associated Press