SBW re-signs, joins Blues

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has pre­dicted Sonny Bill Wil­liams will fin­ish as a rugby union great as he sets his sights on a record third con­sec­u­tive Rugby World Cup tri­umph with New Zealand. Dual in­ter­na­tional Wil­liams, 30, ended spec­u­la­tion about pos­si­ble moves to Euro­pean rugby or back to NRL yes­ter­day by recom­mit­ting to New Zealand Rugby un­til the end of the 2019 World Cup year. He said he made the de­ci­sion to stay – and to change his usual prac­tice of sign­ing one-year deals – soon af­ter play­ing in New Zealand’s World Cup tri­umph in Bri­tain last year, when Hansen rang him. “When you have prob­a­bly the best coach ever from the 15-man game telling you that you are part of his plans mov­ing for­ward, that re­ally means a lot,” Wil­liams said. “Straight af­ter that call, I pretty much got on to my man­ager and told him this is where I want to stay.” Next year, rather than re­join­ing the Chiefs, with whom he won the Su­per Rugby ti­tle in 2012, he will move north to Auck­land to play for the peren­ni­ally un­der-per­form­ing Blues.

Sonny Bill Wil­liams.

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