Sam Whitelock reveals his special rule when using social media - 'Would I show my nana that?'

Sam Whitelock isn't a big user of social media, but when he does hop on there's a special rule he follows that was given to him when his rugby career started out.

"Would I show my nana or grandmother that?"

Whitelock revealed his little rule after the latest controversial post made by Wallabies fullback Israel Folau who said people, including homosexuals, liars and fornicators, all have hell awaiting them.

The All Blacks lock says he hasn't seen the post himself but knows what messages it can send.

"I think it's something that over the last five years, as rugby players, we've become a lot more aware of it," Whitelock said.

"There are some guys out there with a whole lot of followers and they're on it a whole lot of the time.

"I do have some social media stuff but I don't use it a hell of a lot - I am aware of what I put up."

Whitelock said when he does use social media, he follows "nana" rule.

"If I would, you probably say and do those things but if not, you don't.

"That's the rule I was told when I first came into the rugby environment and I reckon it's a pretty good rule."

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Whitelock doesn't use social media much but when he does, he follows the rule given to him when he started out. Source: 1 NEWS