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SBW offloads ABs jersey

2012-06-30 20:50

Auckland - Sonny Bill Williams has almost certainly played his last All Black Test in 2012, but there is genuine hope he may rekindle his rugby career in 2014.

According to the NZ Herald website, Williams will almost definitely not feature in the Rugby Championship - meaning his stunning effort in Hamilton against Ireland may in fact be his last act in international rugby.

The 26-year-old will shortly announce he has signed a one-season deal with Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights and will then shift to the NRL - most likely with the Sydney Roosters - in early 2013.

There are strict registration rules in Japan and the New Zealand Rugby Union is awaiting confirmation that Williams will have to report for Knights duty by August 30.

There remains an outside chance that Williams will make himself available for the All Blacks' opening two Rugby Championship games - the back-to-back encounters against the Wallabies on August 18 and August 25 - and then it would be up to coach Steve Hansen as to whether he is willing to accommodate the midfielder.

Williams has been in stunning form for both the All Blacks and the Chiefs and the temptation to include him in those Wallaby clashes will be strong, should he be available.

Williams is unlikely to commit to the NRL for more than one year. It is understood he has expressed a desire to return to the Chiefs in 2014 and be part of the All Blacks' defence of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

 

Sport24

Comments
  • Geoff - 2012-06-30 20:25

    Money Bill Williams...

      Craven Luyt - 2012-06-30 20:54

      Ha ha ha, excellent

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-06-30 20:57

      ja and when he comes back from Japan it going to be Ching Bill Williams..

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-30 21:45

      his "run for the money" attitude is a bit annoying for the AB fans who have had a guts full of it. He should not be allowed to come back into the AB squad. When he was asked to come over by Sir G Henry before the 2011 rwc and have the opportunity to be selected as an AB he said it was his dream to be an AB so he came back to NZ. Now that he has become an AB he goes to whom ever pays him enough to tempt him. He did the very same thing to his NRL rugby league fans when he suddenly left for france before his contract expired.His real motives is showing.( $$$$$ ) It will be fitting when he gets flattened by another real boxer and cant play any sport afterwards. I read in the nz herald he wants to fight in africa as well. Dump him I say and dont look back. we have enough DEPENDABLE talent to replace him

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-30 21:46

      Hello Nzbro my friend,hope you are still ok.

      Craven Luyt - 2012-06-30 22:08

      For once NZ I agree. Yoda said ' the team spirit is weak with that one!' NZ looking great, the great Sprinbok- All Black rivalry is set to reach new heights with the current coaches and players. Good luck in the Rugby Championship.Regards Craven.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-06-30 22:49

      g/day Tankiso Mogoje. I am fine. thanks for asking. still fired up about the baby blacks debacle but it seems he may be innocent after all. who knows? we shall see, It was honourable of him to front up this week and declare himself as the alleged culprit in question to the relief of his team. My mate and neighbour who is the uncle of one of the players is so disappointed he does not even want to touch the topic when I ask him for info. Lets hope this gets cleared up in favour of the b/black. Off to church. chat later

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-01 00:04

      Im sure I speak for most of our teams when I say, "Go Sonny Go" Class player but we wont be sorry!!

      Pat - 2012-07-01 00:30

      @jeff, u stole that line from sum1 else!! how original!!! shame

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-01 02:04

      just bought the nz herald on sunday paper and they say he will be getting US$ 1.5mil for 6 months work in japan then he is off to nrl.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-07-01 11:14

      Guys I think you're too judgemental here. Give the guy a beak. At the end of the day he's got to take care of himself and his future. How many of us on here have retirement policies in place and we don't see ourself as money/gold diggers. Be realistic here and put yourself in his shoes.....

      shakes.tshabala - 2012-07-01 11:57

      Comrade NZbro. If the guys on this blog are agreeing with you then you must know your statement is not valid. I disagree with your you. SBW is a brilliant athlete who is multiple talented. The sport that he participate in has a limited lifespan, rugby and boxing. In any sport today it is all about money. Be it rugby, golf, boxing, tennis etc. Even in SA you find good players playing elsewhere because of money, so grant it to him. Any country would like to have a player like SBW in their team. So who knows he will make a comeback to our team.

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-07-01 12:10

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with such decision. It's all about money today then sport. See how many SA players are playing elsewhere, that all about money. So grant it to him. He has another 5-6 good rugby years ahead.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-01 13:26

      shakes.tshabala . yes that is fair comment. I take it all on board. I am aware that it is in the bok fans favour for sbw to leave the AB's and to have them agree with something I have said is a record on its own. However it does not go down well with us AB fans when an AB player willingly turns his back on the coveted black jersey so early in his AB career for money when all other players past, present & future strive to wear it for the honour alone.There is enormous pride in the AB jersey beyond the value of money which existed long before the sport became professional.Those who have played elsewhere for the money like DC & Nonu left on a planned sabbatical out of season when it did not impact on the team which the fans except. The team comes first. Now this sbw sells his talents like a prostitute to whomever pays the going price with no sense of loyalty to the jersey he claimed he coveted so much?. The heading on the sports page of the "NZ herald on Sunday" aptly labels SBW as - "here, there...nowhere" . SBW is perceived to be a guy that's only interested in SBW by whatever means required. Loyalty and honour be damned. I think its unlikely that steve hansen will employ a player in future he cannot depend upon. I now understand why he rested Nonu throughout the irish tests. Good luck to SBW in his quest for financial gain, but please dont come back.We will continue to win without you as it was before you arrived.There is no great loss to us, only to your credibility.

      gawie.krotz - 2012-07-01 13:27

      SBW is a dick..

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-01 13:31

      read here what the ozzies have to say about sbw's, plans; http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/sbws-return-will-create-headaches/story-e6frg7mf-1226412704007

      Provence - 2012-07-02 09:42

      The man has nothing more to prove, he is better than the best - no-one can match this guy on the rugby field, go make your money bro with the talent you have been given. Amazing vision and skills. Springboks will now have at least a little hope of beating the All Blacks.

      leigh.mapu - 2012-07-02 13:02

      Honestly don't mind. Gives the Kiwi's chances of retaining the Rugby League World Cup a big boost, and we still have Nonu doing the business in the midfield. Win-win situation for NZ sport.

  • marius.roodt.33 - 2012-06-30 20:49

    this guy really needs to decide where and what he wants to do. all the potential to be the best in the world, yet no staying power at all.

      Flemjob - 2012-06-30 21:06

      Suppose its a bit like being a professional in the real world. Perhaps NZ should change their policy when it comes to picking players that are playing elsewhere?

      marius.roodt.33 - 2012-06-30 21:45

      or maybe he is scared of facing a certain F.Steyn ?????

      Jco - 2012-06-30 21:56

      No Money Bill is not scared of F Steyn the has been, he wants to play with Wynand in Japan! "Let us get together and make some money" is the dream. Then Money Bill will go to Roosters and Wynand to Griquas!

      Pat - 2012-07-01 00:20

      @marius, scared of facing frans steyn????? u r the biggest dumbest knob around!!!

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-01 13:44

      he will be remembered as " the jack of all trades and the master of none" .......unlike mccaw, dc, nonu, brad thorne, M muliaina, C cullen, J lomu, T umanga , C Meads , B Williams , G Batty, S Going. I fitzpatrick, to mention but a few AB greats.

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-06-30 20:56

    I wonder what his price is to take a dive in a boxing match???

      Pat - 2012-07-01 00:05

      @craven, i wonder why your dad didnt wear a condom!!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-01 02:41

      @Pat ook maar lekker n "common ©ùnp"...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 09:26

      pat u stole that from somewhere, how original

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-30 21:42

    Did he manage to get those craps who broke into his apartment?Are they still alive?Looking at his physique i am sure they are still on a wheel chairs if they still alive

      Jco - 2012-06-30 21:59

      Well Tankiso, he could not landed a shot against the Highlanders! They pushed him around and then he lost his cool! Did you see how they booed him in the stadium! He did nor expect that and his ego bubble was pricked!

  • Jco - 2012-06-30 21:49

    "Money"Bill Williams and " Meisikind W O" of to Japan! Very interesting! Money speaks loud and clear!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 09:27

      and your point?

  • Pat - 2012-07-01 00:28

    wot r u springsucks supporters on about??? many springsucks chasing the money aswell!!! all he is doing is taking a year and a half break to go and make more money than the entire south african lions team combined probably even more than that!! it jus takes 1 injury to end your career!! good on him!! will wait for his return!! jus a pitty he wont be there for the soweto clash :(

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-01 02:46

      his scared that is why he is running...

      Pat - 2012-07-01 05:30

      @to pathetic to put his own name... scared of wot??? the springsucks???? keep dreaming my boy!!

      Stevemins - 2012-07-01 11:10

      The problem is he probably won't come back. He achieved what he wanted in New Zealand by winning the world cup and at this rate, will probably bag a super rugby title as well (assuming the Chiefs stay focused). What is left for him in New Zealand? Not much. As for your attempt at humour with "Springsucks" and "make more money than the entire south african lions team combined," two things. Don't ever try making rugby jokes again; they're not funny. Second, unless you have hard statistics on what the Lions players earn vs Sonny Bills salary don't try your hand at being a rugby intellectual, save your babble for someone who wants to hear it. People here certainly don't.

      Patrick Cawood - 2012-07-01 12:17

      Why come on here and bad mouth the Boks? Idiot

      Pat - 2012-07-01 12:31

      becoz I CAN, thats why!!!

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-07-01 13:15

      @Pat, yawn another loser. You can stick with the All Losers aka Silver Ferns. You inbred moron

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-01 15:26

      Pat die soeP... is his actual name ignore him pls...

      luke.sportify - 2012-07-01 16:35

      @Pat, go play in the traffic u D00S

  • Wayne - 2012-07-01 07:09

    SBW is a phenomenal player. If he can get paid more elswhere then no reason why not to go. In rugby, you never know when you might pick up a career ending injury, so while you can, you need to earn as much as possible. Good luck to him. No doubt he will be back in an All Black jersey at some point.

  • elana.fourie87 - 2012-07-01 08:48

    Good riddance... If he can't stay loyal to a team, then bugger off! First he did it in Australia... And now to the NZRU!

      zionpercival.pay - 2012-07-01 09:07

      Pretty dof ne. He has the right to choose for himself and we have no right to prevent him from doing so. He is one of the best players so what are you on about or is it a case of Jealousy makes you nasty?

      Bossie - 2012-07-01 09:24

      Zion obviously missing the context of elana's comment.. Its clear who is the actual pretty dof ene. Saffa's like Zion(wannabe AB) makes me wanna kots!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-01 09:29

      first he did it to australia and new zealand and now the darling of mitchells plain is sticking it to the cape maori contingent. theres only one way to describe this SBW SOB and that word is immense

      zionpercival.pay - 2012-07-01 10:47

      Bossie Delport your bias and plain stupidity is rather amusing, now in the right context you come over as a fool and idiot.

      lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-07-01 21:16

      If Jaque is getting something like R14 000 000 for two years..what is a SBW going to make ? He did the right thing.

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-07-01 09:48

    Lol this is like a dream come true for the springboks..Nz will surely miss him. Unfortunately he choose fame and fortune ahead of loyalty.playing for 4th clubs in 4 years.I don't see him getting his jersey back in 2015 word cup becuase nz hase so much talent,maybe by that time they have found someone better...I don't know what he is searching for but I wish him the best and hope he gets what he is searching for.

      lance.elliott.3914 - 2012-07-01 21:08

      The saddest part is not being able to see Frans planting him bigtime..I wish him well all the best, enjoy the big bucks..

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-07-01 12:59

    It must be frustrating having SBW on your team. SBW, as much as a very talented rugby player he is, can make poor decisions. People dont realize his manager (Khodder Nasser ) has influenced the choices he has made. SBW seems lost and has no clear direction on what he wants hence for his poor loyality. I dont understand how a person can jump between 3 sports in the space of a few years. Usually one would jump to another sport if they have retired from another sport. $BW is gone one step further by going back to a sport(League) that turn his life upside down. If he goes to Rugby League, good for him. Its all about making the most of the financial opportunities you have as your body doesn’t last that long in a physically demanding sport. I think most players hit their prime between 24-28. However, I don’t think SBW will make it into the AB squad come 2014/2015. For starters, there is depth to cover his position. He has improved a lot since he came into union back in 2009/2010 and watching him against Ireland was the result of his training with the NZRU over the years. Going back to league will certainly make him lose these skills especially his discipline.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-01 13:52

      good comment ej.smith.589. frustrating is what it probably is for all when a player does not know which way he wants to go.The $ decides for him. He only damages himself in the eyes of many especially the fans who have taken a long time to get a liking for him in the first instance only to be rewarded with that very initial fear.He is what he is.The reader can choose a fitting description of what he is.

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-07-01 13:43

    Go SBW, AB's has depth, just easing the decision making for the coach, fact is there's so much talent in New Zealand, he'll be replaced quickly.

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-07-01 13:46

    On the point of loyalty, there's no one in the world of sport that is loyal to just one team, if you are being offered more money than sure you'll go.

      gawie.krotz - 2012-07-01 13:59

      Last year Dan Cater was offered a record braking contract in all world rugby witch he denied..what do think of that?

      leigh.mapu - 2012-07-02 13:06

      Dan Carter makes record breaking money aith the NZRU

  • marlin.samuels.1 - 2012-07-01 13:49

    Will you play a 5 day test cricket game while the t20 pays out more for a 2hour game? Go SBW

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-01 14:59

    and second news flash . . . cape maori goes into mourning for a week. new poster on his lounge wall needed any suggestions for him?

  • whusselmann - 2012-07-01 16:08

    I have seen many ex rugby players in wheel chairs and some players actually died while participating in the sport. Deaths are quite rare, though.Players that are good enough, like Sonny Bill , must make hay while the sun shines. If he gets injured over a year or two and he can never play rugby again or in a worst case scenario, end up in a wheel chair , then he will need all the money that he made during his pro career to help him cover the very high cost of living. Any pro rugby player that does not properly look after his own money matters and make wise choices to ensure that he will be financially independent when his playing days are over, is as stupid as the people who wants him to play for love and charity.

  • anwar.addinall - 2012-07-01 18:48

    Why do people have issues with SBW? He's not going to read these idiotic comments anyway. Let him go where he wants.................it's HIS life. If Bakkies Botha goes for the millions then it's fine. If hougaard gets an R8 then it's fine. Let the man be.

  • matt.prinsloo.1 - 2012-07-02 08:16

    let him be... one of the main reasons why some of the SA teams are competitive is because they recruit players. the game is professional after all. example: Bulls started Saturdays game with 6 Eastern Cape players. if you are okay with that then why have a problem with SBW moving after the money?

  • Provence - 2012-07-02 09:39

    And all of South Africa says, 'Thank goodness, now we stand a chance to actually win.' SBW cannot be matched on the rugby field, he is a freek of nature, no-one can and will match this guy, so incredibly talented with soooo much skill. Go make your money bro, age is against everyone.

  • qhama.bona - 2012-07-02 09:55

    What the hell is wrong with Sonny-Bill? I understand he has to make money but to forsake the opportunity to play for a great nation like the All Blacks is absolutely absurd. There'll be plenty of time late in his career to all things. Now he should be looking to make himself one of the best players ever in the game. He certainly has the ability to do that. But I'm afraid he's getting unconstructive input from his advisors and he's mercenary which is a shame.

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-07-02 10:57

      that is precisely the point. I think he has become greedy and wants to do it all at once or perhaps his agent only gets paid once per new contract so its in the agents interest to pursue every offer.

      Provence - 2012-07-02 14:11

      As a sportsman you only get a 10 year window to make a living. After that, you are history that commentators talk about but no-one pays the bills. Go make your money, you have the talent. After you stopped playing no-one will offer you a salary, not even the NZRU. He is not only talented in sports but also wise.

  • almeleh - 2012-07-02 12:25

    Good riddance.

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