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All Blacks lose their best player

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news on 8 Jul 2012 at 06:15
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Good news looms Monday lunchtime (NZT) for all supporters of sides that play the All Blacks. A press conference has been called by the New Zealand Rugby Union in which it is anticipated that they will confirm the departure of star All Black midfielder Sonny Bill Williams.

Sonny Bill Williams, is set to make the announcement on his future at a press conference in Hamilton, where he will be joined by All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster and Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith.

The good-oil indicates that SBW will be heading overseas to play club rugby in Japan before making a return to rugby league in Australia next year.

It is expected that SBW will announce his decision to play for Japan’s Top League team Panasonic in a 10-match deal said to be worth between $(NZD) 800,000 – 1.7 million.

The Japanese Top League season begins on August 31, and runs until the end of January, after which Williams is expected to sign with NRL team the Sydney Roosters.

The return of Williams to his original code is bound to be coupled with plenty of fan-fare especially with the wounds of Williams departure from Canterbury Bankstown still raw. Williams controversially walked out on Canterbury mid-season in 2008, joining French rugby club Toulon on his successful quest to make the RWC All Black squad.

He was part of last year’s Rugby World Cup winning All Black team, and proved an integral part of the All Blacks in their recent drubbing of Ireland in the three-Test series last month.

Williams, will be at the end of a one-year deal with Super Rugby franchise the Chiefs at the conclusion of this year’s Super season.

He is also expected to continue his boxing career.

Williams has always done plenty to divide the New Zealand rugby public and this news tomorrow is bound to add further fuel to the fire.

However, I am sure our paths will cross again – some time soon.


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