Whitelock comes into Steve Hansen’s squad for the first of their November internationals in the northern hemisphere after Jerome Kaino suffered a knee injury last weekend.
Kaino sprained his knee in the 31-22 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham and continues to be assessed by the All Blacks’ medical team – with reports suggesting he may have damaged the posterior cruciate ligament.
Whitelock, 26, joins his brother Sam in the All Blacks squad, and will earn his first cap in four years if selected against France.
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 7, 2017
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