George Whitelock joined Canterbury at the end of 2007, bringing an impressive pedigree with him. The son of a former Junior All Black, Braedon Whitelock, he has already captained the 2005 New Zealand Under-19 side and the New Zealand Under-21 side against Canada in 2007.
Capable at either number eight or on the openside flank, Whitelock debuted for Otago against Southland in 2007, and went on to feature in all but two of the matches played by the province.
He becomes the third of the four Whitelock boys to be Christchurch-based, with younger brother Adam having played centre for the Canterbury Under-21 side in 2007.
The third brother Sam, a lock forward, has made the New Zealand Under-20 World Cup squad for 2008, after earlier having shared in the national team’s World Cup success in the Under-19 age-grade in 2007.
All three Whitelock boys were educated in Feilding, where their youngest brother Luke has just finished.
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