Rugby-Williams to sign up for another year as an All Black

Reuters

Tue, 26 Jul 05:44:00 2011

Sonny Bill Williams, who is expected to be one of the stand-out players at this year's World Cup, is set to sign a new deal to remain with the All Blacks until the end of 2012, he told local media on Tuesday.

The powerful 25-year-old has been highly impressive since his move from rugby league and is set to be the first-choice inside centre as New Zealand look to seal a World Cup triumph on home soil.

Williams was expected to return to a European union or Australian league club after the World Cup but, along with fellow marquee players Dan Carter and Richie McCaw, has elected to remain with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU).

"(My aim was to) make the World Cup squad and then go back off shore and do my trade over there but all the generations from old people to young people and the amount of support I have got has been so humbling," he said.

Although he had an excellent debut Super rugby season with losing finalists the Canterbury Crusaders, Williams has not committed to an extension with the franchise for next year.

Williams said he would entertain offers from other New Zealand Super rugby franchises and was hoping to continue his professional boxing career.

After four test appearances for the All Blacks on the tour of Europe at the end of last year, Williams was rested against Fiji last weekend but is expected to be in the team when New Zealand play their Tri-Nations opener against South Africa on Saturday.

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