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.

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