SBW rushed for MRI scan

2012-10-27 13:14

Tokyo - New Zealand All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams was taken to hospital for an MRI scan after hurting his shoulder playing for Japan's Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday.

The New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion said on his Twitter page: "Going in for an MRI hopefully just a small muscle tear" after Panasonic's 23-20 win over Kintetsu Liners.

Williams, who scored a first-minute try, was taken to hospital after the match with his right arm in a sling.

If serious the injury could put his fight against South African Francois Botha in Brisbane next month at risk and even bring a swift end to his Japanese season.

Williams left the world champion All Blacks and Waikato Chiefs for a 12-match deal in Japan worth an estimated $100,000 a game.

Panasonic have yet to see a bumper return on their investment, with the Wild Knights fifth in Japan's Top League standings, 14 points behind leaders Suntory Sungoliath.

Last year's runners-up Panasonic have yet to click and an injury would pile more pressure on Williams, who has already admitted to feeling the weight of his huge price tag.

Defending champions Suntory continue to make it look easy, however, thrashing Fukuoka Sanix Blues 42-19 to make it eight wins from eight.

Record holder Hirotoki Onozawa's 100th Top League try ensured that Suntory go into the month-long winter break four points clear at the top with 39 points from a possible 40.


  • Flemstone - 2012-10-27 13:24

    Well he's also played plenty of rugby this year. Thought this was going to be a paid holiday hey SBW?

      nzbro.allblack - 2012-10-28 00:28

      Sonny Bill Williams injures shoulder, will box.

  • sparkie.spannenberg - 2012-10-27 13:39

    Hys bang om teen die Wit Buffel te boks, nou fake hy 'n besering.

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-10-27 14:09

    One way to get out of having to fight Francois Botha who he knows was going to give him a lesson in boxing. BANG GAT!

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-27 14:13

    I'm beginning to wonder if he's realised what he was about to do and who Fransie really is? #banggat!

  • ruanpretorius1980 - 2012-10-27 14:16

    Maybe SBW is scared that Fransie is going to knock the religion out of him! Otherwise known as SBW's bacon is gonna get cooked! Pun intended!

      Flemstone - 2012-10-27 15:05

      Plenty of great Muslim fighters in the world. Leave religion out of it. Lets not forget how many times the Christians got hammered fighting in the Crusades.

  • Jimmy NZ - 2012-10-27 14:17

    Boneheads are so stupid!

      Flemstone - 2012-10-27 15:04

      Best thing SBW can do is let Botha tire himself out. There's no doubt who is in better shape. Interesting fight though.

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-27 16:01

      Not nice calling your own player SBW a bonehead Jimmy troll.

  • calliedj - 2012-10-27 14:27

    Wish Supersport would start broadcasting these games

  • smellarat.smith - 2012-10-27 16:24

    SBW is a magnificent athlete, but he probably has overreached to be facing off against a real boxer who has fought at a much higher level. I actually feel SBW should give up boxing - he has no reason to get his brain scarred by the cumulative effect of punches. Being a superstar in both Rugby Union and Rugby League should suffice.

  • leonard.bulle - 2012-10-27 16:29

    Geluk BULLS ond 21j met CC wen, lekker die wp chokers vermorsel, so choke hulle van jongs af hahahahaha

      Mandy Casey - 2012-10-27 19:01

      First off your comment has nothing to do with the story you are commenting on. Secondly WP won the final. Bulls choked and did not make finals.

      shaun.reece.3 - 2012-10-27 22:03

      Leonard you tool, our u21's were busy winning the currie cup final!!! 3 years no cups loser!!!!!

  • brendan.oconnell.545 - 2012-10-28 09:03

    There is no way in this world that SBW will beat Fransie " the big ox " Botha , the only possibility is if Botha is paid to dive

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