Hertford Highlander

I made the right choice – Barritt


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, RWC 2011, Sharks on 21 Apr 2011 at 10:52
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In an exclusive interview with Julia Harris of Planet Rugby the ex-Sharks and now Saracens centre sat down to discuss his future playing prospects.

The story is not one that rugby fans will be unfamiliar with; a young South African heads to England to further his career, a British passport in his back pocket and dreams of playing top level rugby.

Three years ago the likeable Barritt decided to leave his native Durban and head to Saracens to try his hand in the Premiership. With 67 Saracens caps and six appearances for the England Saxons under his belt, reflecting on his decision Barritt is confident he’s in the right place.

“I’m very happy with my choice, I’m really enjoying my time here at Sarries it’s a great environment in which to learn and prosper as a player,” he told Planet Rugby in an exclusive interview.

“I still keep in touch with a few friends back at the Sharks and obviously there are times when you miss friends and family but on the whole it’s been a great experience living and playing in England.”

Even in London there are some home comforts for Barritt, especially with the arrival of Matt Stevens, who attended the same school as Barritt and has returned to action having served a drugs-related ban.

“It’s definitely great to have him. Matt is a world class both loosehead and tighthead and he’s been a great addition to the squad,” he said.

“I obviously grew up watching Matt at Kearsney College, I was in [grade eight] when he was in [grade twelve] and he’s always a figure that I’ve looked up to and he’s great to have both on and off the field.”

Having plied is trade in South Africa and England, Barritt seems the perfect player to end the age old debate: which is better, northern or southern hemisphere rugby?

“I get asked the question a lot but it’s a very difficult one to answer!” he quipped.

“In terms of the northern hemisphere I think there is a lot more demand on players to adapt conditions in terms of a players ability to adapt to wet weather football or dry weather games.

“Obviously the Super 15 is played at a much higher tempo because it’s predominantly played in summer.

“But in terms of quality I would say they are on par; playing here you need different skills to adapt and likewise in the Super 15 so it’s kind of like comparing apples with oranges I think.”

Barritt could potentially be returning to the south if he’s included in Martin Johnson’s squad for the World Cup. While the Sarries centre didn’t represent England in the Six Nations he did turn out for the England Saxons, meaning he’s still in the selectors’ mind.

With so much talk of World Cup places at such a crucial time in the domestic season, it would be easy to become distracted, but the 24-year-old explains it’s a subject that has been discussed at length at Saracens.

“We’ve spoken about it at Sarries and we feel that ultimately by Saracens being successful individuals will prosper,” he explained.

“So at this stage I think all you can do is keep doing what you’ve been doing for your club, obviously playing your best and if Sarries are doing well it will bode well for the individual.

“That’s the feeling we have here and ultimately we would like everyone to get a shot and hopefully we can be in the selectors mind come selection.”

Listening to Barritt one can’t help but feel there is a great sense of togetherness at the club, and Barritt credits this as one of the reasons why Sarries haven’t been beaten in the league since early January.

“I think we have a very settled team and squad, everyone is pulling their weight and we have a very clear understanding of what we want to do and our coaching staff have been brilliant in assessing how we’ve been playing in terms of what each player is required to do in order for the team to be successful,” he said.

“At this stage it’s just a great understanding amongst the team and a very good camaraderie amongst the squad especially after a great trip to Miami last week!”

Saracens face Gloucester on Sunday, knowing that a win will see them secure a home semi-final, and while Saracens have been enjoying some team-building on foreign shores, the Cherry and Whites will be playing their third game in eight days.

“It’s going to be a huge game, obviously Gloucester are in good form too so it’s pretty much two teams who have won their last seven or eight games in the Premiership.”

“So it’s one that we’re definitely up for and we certainly won’t be underestimating them, they’re a very classy team and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”



52 Comments

  • VERY good player but not good enough to make the Boks side. And as it turns out not good enough to make the England squad either.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.04.11 10:59:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Good provincial/club player, but not test quality unfortunately.

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.04.11 11:07:45 by McLovin Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : @McLovin (Comment 2) :

    :shock: Don’t let Robbotto hear you two!! :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.04.11 11:09:07 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • No. You didn’t. You are better than Bosman and we need you.

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.04.11 11:09:17 by King Shark Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    @McLovin (Comment 2) :
    Agree. Good player – Dick Muir-type, but not better than what we currently have. I also think Fransie is a better 12 than him.

    @King Shark (Comment 4) :
    Still early to make that call. They are similar players – Barritt the better defender, but Bosman the better distributor, and, although no speed merchant, seemingly a bit quicker.

    I really feel that Bosman could be a great addition to our squad – just play Adi outside him!

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.04.11 11:42:23 by Big Fish Reply
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  • barrit can’t even displace the two kiwis in front him in the pom team, average player…

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.04.11 11:56:12 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 6) : So who in your mind are the above average player in the Sharks squad….except Bissie and Alberts?

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.04.11 12:22:11 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 5) : I also think Fransie is a better 12 than him.

    Where the hell were you when I was calling for Steyn to play 12 ahead of Barrit in 2008 :)

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.04.11 12:25:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : scared of Rob…

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.04.11 12:26:46 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @Pr’Ice Flower (Comment 9) : Read my comment again. :)

    I’m saying Barrit should not have played 12 in 2008. Was saying it all bloody season and almost everyone took me on about it.

    3rd on the log coulda/shoulda been 2nd, maybe 1st on the log.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.04.11 12:31:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 7) : is this a simple question posing as a trick question? ;)

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.04.11 12:34:12 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 11) : No trick….just wondering if their are ANY Sharks players that you actually have something good to say about. ;-)

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.04.11 12:38:20 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) :
    I was still convinced that Fransie could make it as a flyhalf… Everyone is wrong sometime. :oops:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.04.11 12:39:26 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 13) : Flyhalf???? My respect for you just dropped a couple of points ;-)

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.04.11 12:41:14 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : Read my comment…you asked Fish where he was – I replied he was too scared of Rob to support you.. ;-)

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.04.11 12:43:40 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @Pr’Ice Flower (Comment 15) : :mrgreen: Oh I thought you were asking if I was scared of Rob :lol:

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.04.11 12:44:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pr’Ice Flower (Comment 15) :
    Pissy!!!!!It’s not like he’s paying your….or is he? :roll:

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.04.11 12:44:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : We mos know the answer to that! :lol:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.04.11 12:46:14 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 17) : Huh?? :???:

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.04.11 12:46:51 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 12) : Sbura Sithole. :razz:

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.04.11 12:47:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pr’Ice Flower (Comment 18) : :mrgreen: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.04.11 12:48:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Pr’Ice Flower (Comment 19) : I mean …why are you scared of pissing of Rob….it’s not like he’s paying you?

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.04.11 12:50:54 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 16) : Nope, questions have one of these ‘ :?: ‘ at the end of them! :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.04.11 12:51:32 by Greg Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 22) : Gaan lees mooi….I said Big Fish was scared of Rob… ;-)

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.04.11 12:54:49 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) : You must be dreaming, maybe as a person but surely not as a player, that would be pushing it..

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.04.11 12:56:26 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 23) : :razz:

    @Salmonoid (Comment 25) : Mega is Sbura’s Cousin.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.04.11 13:09:42 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 26) : I know, thats why I said he likes him as a person, but I suspect thats where he draws the line.

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.04.11 13:20:05 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 27) : beast is AA, skyes is alright, lambie has talent, Mvovo is AA…there you are.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.04.11 13:59:25 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 28) : More than I expected ;-)

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.04.11 14:01:12 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Megatron (Comment 28) : skyes the limit :lol:

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.04.11 14:12:46 by Greg Reply

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  • The sharks players that I believe to be outstanding?
    Louis Ludik
    Willem Alberts
    Jean Deysel
    Gerhard Mostert
    Charl McLeod
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.04.11 14:15:49 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 31) : Why am I not surprised? :lol:

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.04.11 14:19:18 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 31) : You guys didn’t want Deysel or McLeod….so you can’t really claim them as your own!

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.04.11 14:20:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.04.11 14:25:48 by Greg Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 33) : @Greg (Comment 34) : I also maintain that a player will not leave unless he really wants to…so no need to force them to stay anyway..

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.04.11 14:35:06 by Pr'Ice Flower Reply
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  • @Greg (Comment 31) :
    They are outstanding allright, as players, and also from the Lions payroll / teamsheets.

  • Comment 36, posted at 21.04.11 14:37:12 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 28) : :cool: I hope your cuzzies name is there some day too.

  • Comment 37, posted at 21.04.11 14:41:37 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 37) : well that’s all up to him. He had the best coach in myself so he has no excuses ;)

  • Comment 38, posted at 21.04.11 15:32:52 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 38) : ;-) Megatron for Sharks coach.

  • Comment 39, posted at 21.04.11 15:38:08 by Salmonoid Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 31) : Don’t forget Rory Kockott and Waylon Murray. :)

  • Comment 40, posted at 21.04.11 16:13:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) : Nope, they ex sharks, was only talking about those in the current squad!

    Apart from those two, ex sharks I really rate are Joe Snyman, Mike Rhodes, Pat Cilliers, maybe include Lionel Mapoe (or is that a little below the belt?)
    :lol:

  • Comment 41, posted at 21.04.11 17:48:15 by Greg Reply

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  • What we wouldn`t give to have him back in our mid-field . . .

    Come Back
    Barrit Come Back! :sad:

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.04.11 11:25:45 by Original Pierre Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 42) : amen!

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.04.11 12:15:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • I wish we still had Barritt and Fransie. :sad:

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.04.11 14:00:47 by Puma Reply

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  • I wish we still had Brad and Ruan but am quite happy without Francois

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.04.11 14:54:14 by robdylan Reply
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  • Bosman’s career has stalled for the last 4 or 5 seasons, but don’t write him off guys: he has the skills of a flyhalf and the physique of a loosie and could really blossom outside Lambie with strike runners like JPP, Mvovo, Kanko and Alberts outside him.

    Reckon the Cheetahs just didn’t play the style, or have the players, to suit him. The Sharks do, and I’m hopeful that he can achieve his potential – I’m sure he will admit that so far he hasn’t come close to his ceiling.

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.04.11 16:08:32 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 45) : Agree. Frans can go to the lions, they deserve each other. I would not be surprised if Ruan came back one day.

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.04.11 19:48:00 by war1 Reply
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  • barrit outside Lambie with a straight running Murray would be AMA-zing!

  • Comment 48, posted at 23.04.11 01:19:56 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • with jp and mvovo at wings and frans steyn at fullback, we’d be unstoppable

  • Comment 49, posted at 23.04.11 01:21:50 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • any news on emil?

  • Comment 50, posted at 23.04.11 01:23:34 by RuckingFun Reply

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  • Ruckingfun
    Like you were in 2007?? Oh wait… :twisted:

  • Comment 51, posted at 23.04.11 03:12:56 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 51) : 10 years… :smile:

  • Comment 52, posted at 23.04.11 03:14:23 by RuckingFun Reply

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