Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Super Rugby 2014 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
New Zealand
George Whitelock heads to Japan
ESPN Staff
June 24, 2014
Canterbury's George Whitelock reads the riot act, Auckland v Canterbury, ITM Cup, Eden Park, Auckland, September 28, 2013
George Whitelock played one Test for the All Blacks, in 2009 © Getty Images
Enlarge
Related Links

Crusaders stalwart George Whitelock is off to play his rugby in Japan at the end of the Super Rugby season.

Flanker Whitelock, 28, has signed an initial one-year deal with the Panasonic Wild Knights, Crusaders and Canterbury management confirmed on Tuesday. Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder said Whitelock was a legacy player.

"George's contribution to red and black rugby cannot be underestimated. He is a workhorse, a leader and a highly respected member of the team."

Whitelock first played for the Crusaders in 2008, the first of the three Whitelock brothers, Adam, Sam and Luke, to do so. Canterbury coach Scott Robertson said Whitelock was the only player to captain a side to five successive national provincial titles.

"That is something for George to be immensely proud of, just as we are proud of him," Robertson said. "He has played such an important role in this team's success, but he has also just been a pleasure to work with."

Whitelock's one Test for the All Blacks was as a substitute against Italy in Christchurch in 2009, where he scored a try in the 27-6 win.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Football

  • Cricket

  • Rugby

    • Days
    • Hrs
    • Mins
    • Secs

    F1 - United States GP

  • OtherLive >>

    Darts - European Championship
    Golf - McGladrey Classic
    Golf - Perth International
    Tennis - Swiss Indoors
    Tennis - Valencia Open
    Tennis - WTA Finals
  • Football

    De Gea: Praise sent shivers down my spine

    David De Gea says the praise he received following his outstanding performance in Manchester United's 2-1 win against Everton earlier this month sent shivers down his spine

  • Football

    Henderson: We can beat Real at Bernabeu

    Jordan Henderson says Liverpool can beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu despite Wednesday's 3-0 Champions League defeat at Anfield

  • Football

    Valdes to rebuild his fitness at United

    Manchester United have announced that Louis van Gaal has offered former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the chance to complete his rehabilitation from injury with the club

  • Boxing

    Groves takes 'calculated risk' fight against Douglin

    George Groves will defend his WBC silver super-middleweight title against Denis Douglin on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew's domestic grudge match in Liverpool on November 22

  • Football

    FA charges Warnock for referee criticism

    Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has been charged with misconduct by the FA for his comments following the 2-1 home defeat to Chelsea on Saturday

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!