Sam WHITE­LOCK

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

Strengths:

Un­doubt­edly one of the best locks of his gen­er­a­tion, with his all-round skills in the line-out and abil­ity to carry the ball well, White­lock is a solid player and a very greedy poacher of op­po­si­tion balls in the set-piece, as well. An ex­tremely abra­sive lock who of­ten ven­tures into the dark cor­ners many fear to tread.

Weak­nesses:

One won­ders, like many other play­ers within the New Zealand rugby land­scape, if they can take as much as they give. As com­pet­i­tive as White­lock is, if con­fronted with an equally com­pe­tent ad­ver­sary, he does look un­com­fort­able. And his fa­mous short fuse is some­thing that the op­po­si­tion will want to ex­ploit.

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