'You've gotta make it your own' - Luke Whitelock on struggle of keeping Kieran Read out of All Blacks side

All Blacks number eight Luke Whitelock has revealed his mindset during the current series against France, tasked with the almighty job of keeping captain Kieran Read out of the side.

Whitelock, 27, was named at number eight for last week's opening Test against France, as Read continues his return from back surgery at the end of the 2017 season.

Speaking to media in Wellington this afternoon, Whitelock revealed the challenge of deputising for the All Blacks' captain.

Yet to return from back surgery, Read still put in the hard yards this morning. Source: 1 NEWS

"At the end of the day, I've just got to be the best that I can be," he said.

"Obviously Kieran is coming back from an injury, I guess when you do get an opportunity, you've got to try and take it with both hands, and try and make it your own."

Read has been training with the All Blacks during their current camp, hoping to return to Super Rugby for the Crusaders once their season resumes later this month.

The number eight is filling in at the back of the scrum for the regular captain against France. Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Shannon Frizell joins the party as All Blacks forwards take part in devastating leg work out

All Blacks rookie Shannon Frizell got stuck into leg day with his new teammates, as the men in black hit the gym in Wellington this morning.

Frizell, 24, is in the All Blacks squad for the first time, as he, hooker Nathan Harris and prop Joe Moody all took part in some serious squats.

Flanker Sam Cane did buck the trend however, having a go with some front squats instead.

The All Blacks will continue their three-Test series with France at Wellington's Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.

They lead the series 1-0 after the weekend's first-up victory. 

The All Blacks' big men certainly weren’t skipping leg day in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS



Watch: 'We love him' - Eric Rush pays tribute to 'great' Jonah Lomu at unveiling of All Blacks legend's headstone

Former All Blacks player Eric Rush made a touching tribute to All Blacks legend Jonah Lomu in Auckland today during his headstone unveiling.

Rush played alongside Lomu in the New Zealand Sevens side as well as the All Blacks.

The 53-year-old made a special speech to his former teammate saying people forget how great a player Lomu was.

Lomu died suddenly in November 2015, today his family and rugby luminaries were present at the unveiling. Source: 1 NEWS

"In the last three years I've watched the videos a few times and we forget how great he was as a rugby player," said Rush.

"He was a very unique rugby player and that is what we love him for but everybody here knows him off the rugby field as well and that’s why we are all here today.

"Just seen the tries he scored, people don't score those tries today."

Jonah Lomu's former team mate and friend promised to "take the mickey" at Eden Park. Source: 1 NEWS

Rush poked fun of his former teammates who were at the ceremony saying they all felt the force of Lomu when playing against him.

"Josh Kronfeld is here, he had a lot of impact from Jonah Lomu. Waisake Sotutu he had a lot of impact from Jonah Lomu and even Martin Stanley over here," he said.

"Luckily for us we played with more often than we played against him."

Lomu was born on 12 May 1975 and died on November 18 2015. He played 63 Tests for the All Blacks.

Rush, a former All Black, said Lomu was an amazing athlete and person at the unveiling of his headstone in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS