All Blacks and Crusaders lock Sam Whitelock has extended his contract with New Zealand Rugby through to 2020.
Whitelock is the All Blacks' most capped lock with 84 appearances since his debut against Ireland in 2010.
The 28‑year‑old dual‑world‑cup winner has established himself as one of New Zealand's premier locks alongside Chiefs big man Brodie Retallick in the black jersey.
Whitelock said staying in New Zealand was an easy decision.
The Crusaders will take on the Stormers at 7.35pm Saturday.
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