All Black legend Sam Whitelock prepares for final swansong

All Black legend Sam Whitelock prepares for final swansong

New Zealand behemoth Sam Whitelock will play the final match of his career with the Barbarians on Saturday.

Whitelock retires after the clash with Fiji that is the second act of a Twickenham double header launched earlier in the afternoon by Wales' showdown with world champions South Africa.

The former New Zealand captain bows out as the game's second most capped player with 153 Test appearances - and his focus will be on allowing the likes of Jonny May, Gael Fickou and Virimi Vakatawa to work their magic.

"The Barbarians have had some amazing performances against all the top-tier sides around the world," said the 35-year-old, whose final season has been spent at French club Pau.

"Even though there is that social element to the Barbarians, we have to uphold the professional standards that we set personally and that the team expects of us.

"I know the flair and trying things is a big part of the Barbarians, but I also have to play as well as I can to give other players the space and time to do things.

"The last guys got in today (Wednesday), so it's different - you've got to jam a pre-season into two sessions, which is maybe two hours.

"Everyone understands that and the fun and laughter on the field has been pretty cool. It reminds you why we all started playing the game."

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