The People’s Champion: Jared Barry

by Paul Cook - Shining a light on that select band of players worthy of consideration at the next level, is one of the most rewarding elements about covering the Intrust Super Shute Shield every year. Seeing one of the players you’ve written about graduate to Super Rugby, or to a professional life abroad, is immensely satisfying, a vicarious pleasure. Writing about one who had the chance to do just that, before deciding it wasn’t for them is, by contrast, something of a rarity. Having followed the club career of Jared Barry since his fledgling 1st grade steps with Gordon back in 2007, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only person in and around club land to wonder just how this fella could go if he was placed in a professional environment. A standout performer in a dominant Eastwood side over the last five years, his size, aggression, physicality, ball-carries and offload skill, plus his work at lineout and scrum time, should make him the envy of any of the Australian Super Rugby
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