Sam Whitelock is playing his 350th First Class game this weekend. But it won’t be a walk in the park for the veteran – it’s the Chiefs at home in Hamilton and they’re on an eight-game streak.
As a leader and a senior player in the franchise, he’s been a staple on the field in red and black since 2008, equally omnipresent in the All Blacks jersey.
Born in October 1988, Whitelock made his debut for Canterbury against Wellington in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup season and went on to make 22 appearances for the region.
He debuted for the Crusaders against the Highlanders in the 2010 Super 14 season and has since earned 176 caps for the franchise. Only Wyatt Crockett has more with 203.