Sam Whitelock rugby player
Sam Whitelock rugby player

Sam Whitelock

12th Oct 1988 2.03m/114kg No 5 Lock

Originally from the Manawatu, he moved to Lincoln University in Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

Although rugby is his first choice, basketball is Sam’s other sporting love – he was selected for a New Zealand Under 18 basketball training camp in 2006, the same year he played lock for New Zealand Schools.

Sam has been an integral part of the Crusaders squad since his debut in 2010. He impressed All Black selectors enough to also make his debut for the national side in 2010, scoring two tries in his first match against Ireland in New Plymouth.

In 2011 he was selected into All Blacks World Cup Squad and started every game bar the first pool match. It was his second world championship win, having previously been a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.

Being tall and athletic it is no surprise that basketball also forms part of his sporting CV and was selected for the NZ U18 camp in 2006.

With over 60 international caps heading into the 2015 season he will add many more in the World Cup year having been selected for the Rugby Championship & RWC Training Squad.

The experienced Whitelock was named as the Crusaders captain ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby, he described by coach Scott Robertson as a natural choice to succeed Kieran Read, having represented the Crusaders on 101 occasions scoring 5 tries.

New Zealand Rugby, the Crusaders and Canterbury Rugby secured his key signature in April 2017, with the All Blacks most capped lock and Crusaders captain announcing he has extended his contract through to 2020.

In June 2017, Whitelock was named in Steve Hansen's New Zealand squad for the DHL NZ Lions series, with 88 caps to his name, his set piece expertise & work rate will be a valuable asset for the All Blacks against in the Rugby Championship this summer.

Whitelock lead the Crusaders to back-to-back Super Rugby titles in his first two seasons as side's captain.

In June 2018 he lead the All Blacks in all three tests against France and before reaching the 100 test cap milestone in the second Bledisloe Cup test of 2018.

Whitelock heads into the 2018 Rugby Championship with 99 test caps.

Ahead of the 2018 November International, Whitelock has obtained 105 test caps.

JW Sept 18
ML 19/10/18


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