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Sonny Bill Williams

sonny-bill-williamsSonny Bill Williams, born on 3rd August 1985 in Auckland, New Zealand, made his name as a rugby league player, playing for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the Australian NRL competition. In 2008 Sonny Bill Williams made a controversial mid-season departure from the Bulldogs to play rugby union for Toulon club in France.

He made his professional boxing debut against Gary Gurr, who he stopped in the 2nd round to claim victory.

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All Blacks to ease Williams back

by , 20 Oct 2014

The All Blacks will take small steps with Sonny Bill Williams in his second coming as a Test rugby player. Williams was rushed straight back into the world champions’ season-ending tour squad but coach Steve Hansen is anxious that expectations of the 29-year-old dual international are tempered. The All Blacks starting inside centre for the […]

NZ Sevens coach confirms SBW interest

by , 13 Oct 2014

The coach of New Zealand’s rugby sevens team says Sonny Bill Williams wants to play at the 2016 Olympics but first the All Blacks have to qualify for the Rio tournament. Sir Gordon Tietjens says the dual international “ticks all the boxes” as a potential sevens player and has spoken to the 29-year-old’s manager, who […]

SBW: Still bench warming

SBW: Still bench warming

by , 11 Oct 2014

Sonny Bill Williams will again be in the reserves in his second game of rugby after his switch back from league. Williams came off the bench for the final quarter of Counties Manukau’s 41-18 national provincial championship win over Auckland in Pukekohe on Wednesday night. He will again wear the No.22 jersey when the Steelers […]

Umaga weighs up whether to start Williams

by , 10 Oct 2014

Sonny Bill Williams got 20 minutes off the bench for Counties Manukau on his return to rugby. Whether his next step is a starting spot against national provincial championship high-flyers Tasman on Sunday is something coach Tana Umaga is weighing up. Umaga says it’s hard to see how either of the incumbent midfield combination of […]

Williams happy with first match back

by , 9 Oct 2014

Sonny Bill Williams says there is plenty of work to do, but he’s pleased with the start he made in his return to rugby union. Williams came on in the final quarter of Counties Manukau’s 41-18 national provincial championship win over Auckland in Pukekohe in New Zealand on Wednesday night. His appearance attracted a big […]

SBW to make return to union off bench

by , 1 Oct 2014

Sonny Bill Williams is expected to get game time off the bench when he makes his return to rugby union after two seasons in the NRL. The dual international will join Counties Manukau on Monday, two days before their national provincial championship fixture against Auckland in Pukekohe. That match will be 12 days after defending […]

Sonny Bill Williams set for rugby return

by , 30 Sep 2014

Code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams is likely to play provincial rugby for Counties Manukau before a probable return to the All Blacks. The dual international is likely to begin his second stint in rugby at the province, after previously indicating he would be unavailable. His first game could come just eight days after his Sydney Roosters […]

Roosters party boys no more: SBW

by , 29 Sep 2014

Sonny Bill Williams is confident the Sydney Roosters won’t regress to their party boy ways now he’s leaving the club. The dual-international and devout Muslim has been credited for ushering in a culture change at the Roosters, however Williams stresses he wasn’t the sole instigator behind a move towards greater professionalism amongst the group. Williams […]

Sonny: I could be back in NRL

by , 28 Sep 2014

Sonny Bill Williams says he leaves the NRL with no regrets but won’t rule out a possible return to the Sydney Roosters before his career is through. The 29-year-old’s two-year stint back in rugby league ended on Friday night in the Roosters’ preliminary final loss to South Sydney, with Williams returning to New Zealand rugby […]

Williams and Minichiello say goodbye

by , 27 Sep 2014

Sonny Bill Williams’ rugby league career would appear over. Three-hundred-game legend Anthony Minichiello won’t play again. And the Sydney Roosters have become the latest side to fall short of the NRL’s most difficult achievement – winning back-to-back grand finals. After winning a second straight minor premiership, the fairy-tales were meant to roll out on cue […]

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