Canterbury skipper gets All Blacks call-up

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 09:14
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SQUAD UPDATE: Highlanders and Canterbury loose forward Luke Whitelock has been called into the All Blacks squad as cover for Jerome Kaino.

The 26-year-old Whitelock played for the Barbarians against the All Blacks at Twickenham last week and has now joined the team in Paris ahead of this weekend's test against France.

He has one All Blacks test cap to his name after coming on as a substitute in a 54-6 win over Japan in Tokyo 2013.

Kaino injured his posterior cruciate ligament in the All Blacks 31-22 win over the Baabaas and remains in doubt for the rest of the tour.

Whitelock's call-up is not a good sign for the 81-test veteran Kaino, who wants to re-establish his place in the squad.

Whitelock's presence takes the squad to 43 players but he is unlikely to feature against France.

Source: @nzherald