Sam Whitelock

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Sam Whitelock
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Full name Samuel Lawrence Whitelock
Date of birth (1988-10-12) 12 October 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Palmerston North, New Zealand
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)[1]
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb; 265 lb)[1]
School Feilding High School
University Lincoln University
Notable relative(s) Braeden Whitelock (Father)
Adam Whitelock (Brother)
George Whitelock (Brother)
Luke Whitelock (Brother)
Ben Funnell (Cousin)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
New Zealand No. 1104
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008– Canterbury 19 (15)
Correct as of 6 November 2012
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010– Crusaders 101 (25)
Correct as of 23 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010– New Zealand 96 (25)
Correct as of 25 November 2017

Samuel Lawrence Whitelock (born 12 October 1988[2]) is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays as a lock for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition and Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship. He is a key member of 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup winning teams, becoming one of only twenty dual Rugby Union World Cup winners.

He is the younger brother of George Whitelock and son of a former Junior All Black, Braeden Whitelock. All four Whitelock boys were educated in Feilding.[3] Whitelock was part of the World championship winning team, the Baby All Blacks at the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship.[4] He played 5 games, scoring a try against Argentina.

Whitelock made his Air New Zealand Cup debut in 2008 against Wellington. His Super Rugby debut was against the Highlanders in the 2010 Super 14 season.[5]

In 2010 he was selected into the All Blacks team to the 2010 mid-year rugby test series as well as the 2010 Tri Nations Series. He made his debut, off the bench, against Ireland, and scored 2 tries.[6] In 2011, he was selected into All Blacks World Cup Squad and became a starter in the second pool game, holding this position for the rest of the World Cup in which the team won the tournament.

Whitelock became the most-capped All Blacks lock in 2016, surpassing now-retired Ian Jones' record of 79 test matches. Whitelock also played his 100th match for the Crusaders that year.

Whitelock has rarely missed a test for the All Blacks, only missing three matches in 2016 due to separate injuries. Whitelock has become an established member of the Crusaders and New Zealand leadership groups, with new Crusaders coach Scott Robertson naming Whitelock as the captain of the franchise for 2017.


  1. ^ a b "Sam Whitelock". ESPN. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Canterbury Player Profile". 
  3. ^ Johannsen, Dana (9 September 2011). "All Black profile: Sam Whitelock". New Zealand Herald. 
  4. ^ "Whitelock remembers a pretty cool time at JWC". IRB. 
  5. ^ "Crusaders Profile". 
  6. ^ "All Blacks v Ireland in New Plymouth". 12 June 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 

External links

  • Sam Whitelock at
  • IRB Profile
  • Crusaders profile
  • ESPN Scrum profile
  • Statistics from Fox Sports
  • Sam Whitelock Interview
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