The newest of the Whitelock recruits to the Crusaders, Luke joined the squad for the 2012 season after being involved in the wider training group in 2011. He is a loose forward like eldest brother George, but specializes at number 8. Following an impressive 2013 season Luke was called into the All Blacks end of year tour squad.
He debuted for Canterbury in 2011 and had another excellent season with the provincial side in 2012.
Luke also has great leadership potential, already having captained the New Zealand under 20 side in the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.
“A very talented young man with enormous potential. He has a great work ethic and works really hard behind the scenes on skills. He also has a great knowledge of the game. He is a dynamic player and is becoming more tough and physical.”
2011 vs Wellington
2012 v Chiefs
2013 v Japan