Sam Whitelock will captain the BNZ Crusaders for his third season in 2019, having lead them to the Super Rugby titles in 2017 and 2018.
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, and went on to make a similarly significant impact in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He 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 he also played his 100th match for the Crusaders that year.