NZ Rugby World
Three Key Men
Whitelock, Jack Goodhue and Richie Mo’unga. We’ve established the credentials of Whitelock and Mo’unga, but Goodhue, capable of playing second-five or centre, is well up there in terms of importance at the Crusaders.
His defensive skills in terms of organisation and execution are well known but his attacking ability is perhaps under-appreciated. Goodhue is among the best in the world at giving his outsides space by straightening attacks and his vision and ability to offload while under extreme pressure is likewise top drawer.
He possesses a maturity beyond his 25 years as well as a sense of humour that can make regulation press conferences highly entertaining affairs.
He became something of a cult figure with his mullet haircut – he raised money for charity when giving it the chop – and he has a strong moral compass in general, a community spirit likely to raise his standing within a squad even higher.
When he finishes up at the Crusaders the Northlander will be regarded as one of the best midfielders they have produced.