Whitelock prepares for sibling battle

Date published: February 10 2016

Sam Whitelock is looking forward to a reunion with brother Luke this weekend when the Crusaders face the Highlanders in pre-season.

Luke Whitelock left the Crusaders at the end of 2015 to join the reigning Super Rugby champions, where he appears set to play a vital role replacing the influential Nasi Manu.

Whitelock, who is captaining the Crusaders in Kieran Read's absence, admits that the coin toss will be a little bit different as the two brothers go up against each other.

"We will have to wait and see," Whitelock told Stuff.

"No doubt there will be a wee smile there, as the way siblings kind of know what the other one is thinking. Hopefully no-one else can pick up on it, but there will something funny going on between him and I have no doubt."

Whitelock this week has also been praising the support network in place for professional players in New Zealand thanks to the good work of the New Zealand Players' Association. 

"When you become professional or part-time there is a whole lot of things set up through our personal development window, financial advice," Whitelock added.

"It has come a long way since the five or six years I have been involved. There's an opportunity to nail those things."