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.
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.