All Blacks lock Samuel Whitelock is to stay in New Zealand and will miss the rest of the Fortinet Rugby Championship. He will rejoin the All Blacks squad for the Northern Hemisphere Tour.
Both Whitelock and Richie Mo’unga were granted exemptions late yesterday to quarantine in Queensland, landing on Tuesday.
However, the timing of arrival meant that Whitelock would have exited his two weeks’ hard quarantine with not enough time for a tight forward to safely prepare to play against South Africa on October 2.
Mo’unga will travel and be available for that game.
New Zealand Rugby understands that quarantine spots in Queensland are limited and are hugely appreciative of the efforts by Queensland Health, Rugby Australia and SANZAAR in assisting with this matter.