Samuel Whitelock

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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.

Coach's Notes

“The backbone of the forward pack. You won't find a harder worker. He drives our lineout and leads on defence. Consistency is the key to his game.”

Player Stats

Height

2.02m

Weight

116kg

Born

12/10/1988

Province

Canterbury

Provincial Caps

19

Provincial Debut

2008 v Wellington

Provincial Points

15 (3t)

Super Caps

73

Super Debut

2010 v Highlanders

Super Points

15 (3t)

Test Caps

48

Test Debut

2010 v Ireland

Test Points

20 (4t)

Place Of Birth

Palmerston North

Total Crusader Games

73