All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock has admitted that he would have loved to captain the side.
Whitelock who was expected by many to replace Kieran Read was overlooked with the Head Coach Ian Foster settling for Sam Cane for the role.
The lock says though he would have wanted to be the captain, he believes he can help the team and make the difference even if he is not in leadership.
“I would have loved to have the opportunity but at the same time, I know so much goes into it and you don’t need the captaincy armband to help people and make a difference,” Whitelock told New Zealand Herald.
He has vowed to support and help Cane as he believes the captain will need to be backed by everyone to succeed.
“Sam’s going to need all the help and support he can get from everyone that’s in the All Blacks environment and I’m keen to help him out where I can.”
“There’s definitely some upsides to me worrying about myself playing well first and then obviously helping him where I can if he needs it.” he added.
Whitelock also revealed that head coach Foster contacted him about his choice a few days before the announcement.
“I was very thankful to get the heads up just before it was released and it allowed me to work out how I can help Sam, help Fozzy [Foster] out and work out what’s the best step for me going forward and where I can have the greatest influence and impact.”
The lock returned to New Zealand after his plans to play overseas were derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. He is set to play for Crusaders for Super Rugby Aotearoa, starting next month.