WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Sam Whitelock was not supposed to be involved in Super Rugby at all this year but on Saturday he will join an elite group of Canterbury Crusaders by playing his 150th game for the team.
"It's been awesome," Whitelock told TVNZ on Thursday.
"For myself, a real special (memory) was being here with my three brothers (Adam, George and Luke).
"We've been through some pretty challenging times but it's been enjoyable the whole time."
Whitelock, who has played 117 tests for the All Blacks, said he would auction his jersey from the game to raise money for a rural wellbeing group that supports farmers.
However, the six Super Rugby Aotearoa losses suffered by the Chief have been by an average margin of just five points and in three of the games Warren Gatland's side were in a strong position to win in the final minutes.
"It's a tough competition, possibly the toughest in the world and that's good.
"We (have an) understanding of the importance of this weekend. We know what we're walking into."
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford)