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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.

Sonny Bill Williams Articles

SBW enduring torturous pre-season

SBW enduring torturous pre-season

by , 20 Dec 2014

Sonny Bill Williams has embarked on one of the most punishing training blocks of his celebrated sporting career in preparation for his seventh professional boxing bout next month. Williams will headline the action at the inaugural Footy Show Fight Night in Sydney on January 31, with NSW State of Origin captain Paul Gallen, Wallabies playmaker […]

SPIRO: The rolling maul: The Boks need a new coach

SPIRO: The rolling maul: The Boks need a new coach

by , 13 Nov 2014

The Springboks need a new coach after losing to Ireland’s 29-15. It is not often that a top-tier team is as comprehensively out-coached as the Springboks were by the New Zealander Joe Schmidt with his storming, fired-up and smart Ireland side at the Aviva Stadium. Good coaching is about accurate and thoughtful selection, which Graham […]

SBW shows why he’s straight back in the All Blacks against England

by , 11 Nov 2014

Sonny Bill Williams passed another exam in his Test rugby re-education, but some other backs earned the wrath of the All Blacks coach following the tense defeat of England. Williams was a standout in attack and defence during the 24-21 comeback win at Twickenham. The rugby league convert was the most penetrative runner in a […]

Jason Taumalolo ‘not comfortable’ with SBW comparisons

by , 8 Nov 2014

Their game-breaking abilities have prompted comparisons between Jason Taumalolo and Sonny Bill Williams but the North Queensland NRL star says he wants to be his own man. The 21-year-old was first likened to dual-international Williams shortly after making his NRL debut in 2010. While Williams’ offloading abilities are dissimilar to Taumalolo’s raw strength and tackle-breaking […]

SBW turned All Blacks into league fans

by , 7 Nov 2014

Rugby league fans within the All Blacks camp are coming out of the woodwork now that Sonny Bill Williams is back doing his thing. Williams has charged back into New Zealand’s first-choice team for Saturday’s union Test against England at Twickenham, a return that is fully deserved if dedication is the measuring stick, according to […]

International rugby in review: Week 1

International rugby in review: Week 1

by , 4 Nov 2014

In what is sure to be a fantastic month of viewing in the coming weeks, the first weekend of international rugby has been completed with two vastly different outcomes. The weekend just past saw the Wallabies take on the Barbarians and the All Blacks take on the USA Eagles, two games used to experiment with […]

“He could become one of the very best we’ve ever had” – Hansen on SBW

by , 1 Nov 2014

Sonny Bill Williams’ preparation for his return to the All Blacks began well before he finished in the NRL, leaving coach Steve Hansen marvelling at his rugby potential. Williams, 29, makes his much-anticipated return in what should be a comfortable win over the United States in Chicago on Saturday. Hansen believes the two-year gap since […]

SBW may miss first child’s birth

by , 31 Oct 2014

Sonny Bill Williams will remain on tour with the All Blacks if his wife gives birth to their first child over the next four weeks. Set to make his return to international rugby in Saturday’s tour-opening Test against the US in Chicago, ex-NRL star Williams clarified his stance on the birth to coach Steve Hansen […]

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 […]

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