Rugby: Rugby-All Blacks lock Barrett consults psychologists to solve tackling woes

(Reuters) – All Blacks lock Scott Barrett mentioned he consulted with sports activities psychologists to assist him get to the underside of his tackling issues whereas serving a three-week ban in Super Rugby.

The Canterbury Crusaders captain returned to motion in final week’s win on the ACT Brumbies following his suspension for a harmful deal with on Blues prop Alex Hodgman.

Barrett, who was despatched off in opposition to Australia in 2019 for the same deal with on captain Michael Hooper, admitted his confidence had taken a knock after the newest purple card.

The hulking 28-year-old hung out with All Blacks psychological abilities coach Gilbert Enoka and sports activities psychologist Ceri Evans, a former New Zealand soccer worldwide, whereas working with Crusaders assistant coach Tamati Ellison on approach.

“I’ve sorted just a few of my very own issues out, with deal with approach, constructing confidence again up … with one thing like you could internalise it, over-analyse issues, which I naturally can do,” Barrett advised New Zealand media in Christchurch.

“Gilbert Enoka and Ceri Evans reached out and I leant on them, naturally. They broke down the problem itself, helped step out any processes, so I do not fall into the foul play lure in future.”

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has shifted Barrett to beginning blindside flanker for the house match in opposition to the Drua at Rugby League Park because the third-placed South Islanders look to construct momentum heading into the playoffs.

“This season a few times, and late final yr, I’d get known as on by Razor (Robertson) to simply slot in at six, so I do know what’s forward and are excited at that,” he mentioned.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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