Sam Whitelock returned to the Crusaders side for the start of Super Rugby Aotearoa in 2020, after spending time in Japan.
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. He has now been to three Rugby World Cups, has 122 Test caps to his name, and has captained the All Blacks on six occasions.
Sam was previously a member of the New Zealand Under 20 side that won the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.
Whitelock became the most-capped All Blacks lock in 2016 (surpassing Ian Jones' record of 79 Test matches), and also played his 100th match for the Crusaders that year. In 2020, Whitelock became the seventh Crusader to reach 150 games for the club.