Auckland, New Zealand (4E Sports) – Sonny Bill Williams announced that he will return to the New Zealand Rugby Union in 2015 after he completes a second season with the Sydney Roosters of the Australian National Rugby League.
Last week, the 28-year-old Williams opted to spend another season with the Roosters, who defeated Manly in last weekend’s NRL grand final.
Williams said he’s hoping to link up again with Super Rugby champions Waikato Chiefs, his championship-winning 2012 franchise.
The center also said that he will put his boxing career on hold for the next three years to focus on getting to the Rio Olympics with the New Zealand sevens side in 2016.
“I will go back to the New Zealand Rugby Union to try and put my foot in the door for a franchise in New Zealand, hopefully the Chiefs,” Williams said. “I understand, with the situation of staying in league, that might not be an option.”
“But it’s good to have made my intentions clear for the next three years. I wanted to put it all out there as I am overhearing what I am going to do,” he said. “I won’t have the time to box in the next three years.”
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said he has no problems with Williams’ delayed return to rugby, saying the center would be in contention for a spot in the team that would defend the World Cup title.
Well if you are a Super 15 player playing in the 2015 competition you would like to think you are going to be considered for the All Blacks,” Hansen said. “And that is the case – if someone plays really, really well and is good enough then we will pick them.”
Williams contributed to the 2011 World Cup win by the All Blacks and helped the Chiefs snared the 2012 Super 15 title before playing with the Roosters this year.