All Blacks wait on Sonny Bill

2012-08-11 10:35

Wellington - A week away from the All Blacks' opening Rugby Championship match doubts remain about the availability of Sonny Bill Williams as his new Japanese employers hold off on releasing him.

Although Williams has signed on with the Panasonic Wild Knights, the All Blacks are asking he be released to play Australia in Sydney next Saturday and Auckland a week later as cover for injured centre Conrad Smith.

A week ago, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said all that remained was to tidy up the paperwork with Panasonic, but now he says the Japanese club wants Williams to undergo a medical examination.

They want to be sure there are not lingering concerns about the fitness of their prized signing after he played a central role in the Chiefs championship-winning Super Rugby campaign this year.

"Panasonic just want him to have some medicals today and that's fine, that's par for the course, and he's gone and done that," Hansen said as Williams sat out a light training run against the Auckland squad on Friday.

"Once we finalise all that we will get the red light or the green light. He's sore, but all those Chiefs' boys are sore ... he's had a big season, he's played about 20 games and played pretty well so it's not surprising."

If Williams is not allowed to play then the All Blacks are likely to start Ma'a Nonu at inside centre alongside either Tamati Ellison or Ben Smith.

Meanwhile, the good news for Hansen was confirmation backrower Kieran Read was fit to play after being sidelined since July 7 when he fractured a rib when the Crusaders beat the Chiefs in a regular season match.


  • nissen.eugene - 2012-08-11 11:53

    I would pay 2 watcg sonny

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 13:57

      Me too. Going to Japan though, doesn't hit rucks

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-08-11 15:36

      @nick.mullet aka tom the retardis, what level of loser must one be to create false Facebook profiles. Phew what an absolute pathetic loser

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 16:22

      Stephen, ek sien jy is n pous. Of lyk jy net soos een?

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-08-11 16:46

      @spyker, Going by your pick you must be a Bulls supporter. Just a wild guess. Do you wear blue jean pants wiff a belt

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 17:00

      What kind of loser has only 56 friends? OMG so unpopular

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-11 17:01

      Saffa wannabee. Don't know if I should laugh or cry.

      stephen.axtell.7 - 2012-08-11 17:04

      Why are Bulls supporters so stupid. Please an honest answer. I mean who creates fake facebook profiles ????

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 17:36

      Who doesn't use pictures of themselves in their "real" profile? OMG who are these people?!?!?! Who would be so stupid to do that?

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 17:39

      stephen, it has been established I was tom.tardis and then Mike Barmby and now Nick Mullet. Could you please move on now - your attempts at sounding like Sherlock Holmes are pathetic. It is not much of a revelation after I took ownership of those characters and said it was me on this forum. GIve yourself a nice pat on the back and have an extra rusk with your coffee. You've earned it

      paul.sdoow - 2012-08-11 18:16

      just a thought . nissen you already do pay to watch him! either by silly ticket prices or tv subscription .

      sparkie.spannenberg - 2012-08-11 18:53

      Nick, you cannot hit rucks. Even if you try, the ruck will hit you back so hard, your face will come out your ass.

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-11 19:14

      I don't hit rucks, those days are over. I was banished to Japan and now I only hit studios and KFC family buckets

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