Samuel Whitelock

A senior lock in the national team, Sam Whitelock is the epitome of the rangy, athletic lock: agile, extremely mobile and a formidable force with the ball in hand. He played in all 12 of the All Blacks Tests in 2011, one of only four men to do so.

In 2014, Whitelock again carried a big workload for the national side and is now one of the most experienced members of the squad. Injury limited his rugby for the Crusaders in 2015, but when he did appear he was in electrifying form. His try against the Reds in Christchurch was acclaimed as one of the best ever scored by a tight forward.

He has also played for New Zealand Schools and New Zealand Under 19 and Under 20 before earning his All Blacks selection. Whitelock continued to develops into a international class second row forward, and while injury cut into his Crusaders campaign, he was named in the All Blacks 2011 squad to play Fiji and in the Investec Tri Nations.

One of three Whitelock brothers playing professional rugby in New Zealand, Sam is an athletic lock who came of age playing in his debut Super Rugby season alongside Brad Thorn in 2010.

He was originally called into the 2010 All Blacks squad for the early season Steinlager Series as cover.  He marked his Test debut with two tries against Ireland in New Plymouth and earned full promotion to the Investec Tri Nations team and then the All Blacks end of year tour squad.

His set piece expertise is a real strength but it’s his work rate around the field which has seen him quickly rise up the ranks.

Samuel made his provincial debut in 2008 and currently plays alongside older brothers Adam and George at the Crusaders, with George also playing for the All Blacks in 2009.

Although rugby is his first choice, basketball is Sam’s other sporting love – he was selected for a New Zealand Under 18 basketball training camp in 2006, the same year he played lock for New Zealand Schools.

Originally from the Manawatu, he moved to Lincoln University in Canterbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

2.02m, 116kg
Test Debut:
v Ireland at New Plymouth 12/06/10
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Career Comments

Test Match record

(+) subsitute (-) replaced

12 June v Ireland at New Plymouth 66-28 (+)
19 June v Wales at Dunedin 42-9 (+)
26 Jun v Wales at Hamilton 29-10 (+)
10 July v South Africa at Auckland 32-12 (+)
17 July v South Africa at Wellington 31-17 (+)
31 July v Australia at Melbourne 49-28 (+)
7 Aug v Australia at Christchurch 20-10 (+)
22 Aug v South Africa at Johannesburg 29-22 (+)
30 Oct v Australia at Hong Kong 24-26 (+)
07 Nov v England at London 26-16 (-)
14 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 49-3
21 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 38-18 (+)
28 Nov vs Wales at Cardiff 37-25 

22 July v Fiji at Dunedin 60-14 (+)
30 July v South Africa at Wellington 40-7 (-)
6 Aug v Australia at Auckland 30-14 (+)
21 Aug v South Africa at Port Elizabeth 5-18
27 Aug v Australia at Brisbane 20-25
9 Sept v Tonga (RWC) at Auckland 41-10 (+)
16 Sept v Japan (RWC) at Hamilton 83-7
24 Sep v France (RWC) at Auckland 37-17 (-)
2 Oct v Canada (RWC) at Wellington 79-15
10 Oct v Argentina (RWC) at Auckland 33-10 (-)
16 Oct v Australia (RWC) at Auckland 20-6 (-)
23 Oct v France (RWC final) at Auckland 8-7 (-)

9 June v Ireland at Auckland 42-10
16 June v Ireland at Christchurch 22-19
23 June v Ireland at Hamilton 60-0 (-)
18 Aug v Australia at Sydney 27-19
25 Aug v Australia at Auckland 22-0
8 Sep v Argentina at Wellington 21-5 (+)
15 Sep v South Africa at Dunedin 21-11
30 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 54-15
7 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 32-16
20 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 18-18
12 Nov v Scotland at Edinburgh 51-22 (-)
18 Nov v Italy at Rome 42-10 (+)
15 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 33-10
2 Dec v England at London 21-38

15 June v France at Christchurch 30-0 (-)
22 June v France at New Plymouth 24-9
17 August v Australia at Sydney 47-29
24 August v Australia at Wellington 27-16 (-)
7 Sept v Argentina at Hamilton 28-13 (-)
14 Sept v South Africa at Auckland 29-15
28 Sep v Argentina at La Plata 33-15
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 38-27
19 Oct v Australia at Dunedin 41-33
10 Nov v France at Paris 26-19
17 Nov v England at London 30-22
24 Nov vs Ireland at Dublin 24-22

7 June v England at Auckland 20-15
14 June v England at Dunedin 28-27
21 Jun vs England at Hamilton 36-13
16 Aug vs Australia at Sydney 12-12
23 Aug v Australia at Auckland 51-20
6 Sept v Argentina at Napier 28-9 (-)
28 Sept v Argentina at La Plata 34-13
5 Oct v South Africa at Johannesburg 25-27
18 Oct v Australia at Brisbane 29-28 (-)
8 ov v England at London 24-21
22 Nov v Wales at Cardiff 34-16 (-)