Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph believes that Luke Whitelock has the talent to go on and add further Test caps to his name.
Whitelock put his body on the line and made some big hits on defence in the Highlanders 34-26 victory over the Crusaders and Joseph highlighted the fact that the 25-year-old has already made some big strides, as he represented the national team three years ago against Japan.
Joseph told Fairfax Media: “A guy like Luke Whitelock has already played for the All Blacks once so there has obviously always been that potential.
“But I guess he's just realising it here, it's a different environment.
“He played very well. Defensively he was courageous but also very accurate”
Whitelock is the younger brother of 2011 and 2015 All Black World Cup winner Sam and represented the Crusaders for three years before making the switch to Dunedin this year.