Sonny Bill signs for Chiefs

2011-10-31 07:01

Wellington - Sonny Bill Williams ended weeks of speculation about his future on Monday when he confirmed he will stay in New Zealand for another year and play his Super 15 rugby with the Chiefs.

Details of his contract are confidential but it does allow for the midfield back to continue his professional boxing career, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said.

The rugby league convert had given a series of mixed signals about his future earlier in the year as rugby union and rugby league clubs around the globe chased his signature.

"We’re delighted that Sonny has chosen to continue playing his rugby in New Zealand next year," NZRU general manager professional rugby Neil Sorensen said on Monday.

"He’s a special player who creates some real excitement and interest in the game with his style of rugby. We’re looking forward to seeing him create some more excitement in a Chiefs, as well as an All Blacks, jersey next year."

After indicating earlier in the year he would stay in New Zealand, Williams later said he was "entitled to change his mind" and would not made a decision on his future until after the World Cup.

He also hinted if he stayed in New Zealand he could leave the Crusaders and follow All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith who has taken up a contract with the Chiefs.

The 26-year-old Williams walked away from a world-record $5 million offer from the French club Toulon to move home to New Zealand last year on a short-term contract, in the hope of making the All Blacks World Cup side.

But while he made the championship-winning squad, he was reported to be unhappy at having to play second fiddle to rival Ma'a Nonu and played only a brief cameo towards the end of the 8-7 win over France in the final.

Williams was the only member of the New Zealand World Cup squad who did not confirm his intentions for 2012 before the tournament, and he was the only player not to take part in the victory parades around the country.


  • Adrian - 2011-10-31 08:20

    Not really sure what to take from this... Does he think he is bigger than the game?

      Sihle - 2011-10-31 08:32

      dude,if he was south african he wudnt even play club rugby with that attitude.personalities lyk dat bring unwanted tension in a team.

      Te - 2011-10-31 08:46

      C'mon, if he were in SA he would be starting for the Boks

      efgous - 2011-10-31 14:08

      If he was in South Africa, he would have to sit on the bench if he is lucky so that the "Old Boys" could bring their experience to the table... Very excited about the future of the Springboks, new coaches, new players, new legends in the making!!!

      Michael - 2011-10-31 20:32

      he didnt attend the victory parade because his gran was sick in hospital....

  • Peter - 2011-10-31 10:01

    Character is often harder to find than talent. It does more for a team and for the viewing public. In a perfect world, character would be rewarded more than talent wrapped up in arrogance. Unfortunately the "rock star" culture doesn't care - just like in the music industry. I love the way SBW plays rugby, but when the way he makes himself bigger than the game.

  • Ron Bach - 2011-10-31 10:22

    glad he hasnt been lost to League

  • Pierre - 2011-10-31 11:10

    Lyk of hy met a nat Argus geslat is…Yawn...

  • Gareth - 2011-10-31 11:39

    yes sbw great player but not bigger than the game

  • Andre - 2011-10-31 11:48

    Are these guys with their convulting tatoo's supposed to be role-models for kids? They are scum and a disgrace to normal civilised society. Yaughhh!

      Dmitri - 2011-10-31 12:50

      What is wrong with having tattoos? Looking at his arm, the design is Mauri

      Theo - 2011-11-01 03:42

      Andre your comment only reveals your absolute ignorance on maori culture.The "tattoo" is called a moko in maori culture. If you delve a little deeper you will find that the designs are NOT randomly selected out of a cheap magazine. It is in fact a design originally made by an early ancestor, and with permission passed on from the father to son ,father to son & so on with each adding something to reflect his individual generation & family.If you ask a maori about his moko he will tell you its his whakapapa (pronounced fakapapa). ie his family's genealogical history. So this moko is in fact a written record of the bearers genealogy going back many generations and not the rubbish you find in tattoo shops. The singer robbie willams has a moko on his left shoulder ( which is a copy of the maori politician Dr Peta Sharples family whakapapa. Robbie used this design without permission and caused an uproar in the Sharples family. The maori whakapapa moko is interlectual property and it is deemed bad luck to "steal " a design without permission even with family connection.

  • Warren Kilian - 2011-10-31 13:05

    Most over rated player I have seen in a long time...

      Gordon - 2011-10-31 15:16

      Think you would love to have him in the Bok team.

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