The fight, the second of three allowed under his agreement with the NZRU, took place at Trusts Stadium, Waitakere City, against Tongan Alipate Liava'a. [101] A week later, against the Stormers in Cape Town, he was part of the Crusaders team that became the first side since 1999 to win a Super Rugby semi-final outside their home country. Jan 23, 2019 8:15am. [100] On 25 June he scored his fifth try while playing against the Sharks in the first finals week of the Super Rugby competition.

[5] He is the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks[244] and has spoken extensively about his faith. [194] Although Williams reached the milestone, he only played one test, against England, during the end-of-season tour due to his continued injury problems. [130] He was also expected to be heavily involved in the promotion of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, the country being the main host of the event. His maternal grandmother is Australian. As a child he has been described as being a "small, skinny white kid"[7] who was "painfully shy", as well as "a freakish sporting talent, a competitive sprinter, a champion high jumper and cross country runner and the kid who played footy in teams a couple of age divisions above, to make things fairer. 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[182] He went on to play in the 2016 Paris Sevens; however, his tournament was cut short by a knee injury. [247] He is a dual citizen of New Zealand and Samoa. 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Please enable JavaScript in your browser's settings to use this part of Geni. The largest offer was rumoured to be about $3 million from UK Super League club St Helens. [43][44] On 6 October, Williams played in the grand final against Manly, with the Roosters claiming the premiership 26–18. [96] On 23 April, Williams, playing off the reserves bench against the Highlanders, experienced his first rugby defeat since his All Black debut more than five months earlier. His new contract allowed a "limited number" of professional boxing bouts. Father of Private; Private and Private A fan paid $3,890 for his autographed gloves from the bout, with the money going towards the Queensland flood relief fund.

[205], On 5 June 2011, Williams had his fourth fight when the Crusaders had a bye week.

[10] Williams capped a successful debut season by receiving the 2004 RLIF Awards' International Newcomer of the Year Award and being named in Rugby League World magazine's 2004 World XIII. [75] Williams was eighteen months into a five-year contract with the Bulldogs, and the dispute was only resolved when Toulon paid a transfer fee of around £300,000 (A$750,000). Copyright © 2020 Multiply Media, LLC. [87], He made his highly anticipated New Zealand debut at Twickenham against England on 6 November. On 6 March 2014, Williams and the Roosters began the 2014 NRL season with a loss to rivals the Rabbitohs; he was suspended for three games as a result of a shoulder charge on George Burgess in the final minute of the game. [90] On 13 November, in his second game for the All Blacks, Williams was awarded the man-of-the-match for his performance against Scotland.

[184] His tournament was again cut short, by an ankle injury early in the quarter-final loss to the United States, with New Zealand finishing the World Series in third place. Husband of Private [4] His older brother John Arthur Williams has played rugby league in both the New South Wales Cup and Queensland Cup, as well as for the Phelan Shield premiers, the New Lynn Stags, in the 2011 Auckland Rugby League season. Sonny William "Bill" Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer of Samoan descent who most recently played as a second-row forward for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League, and New Zealand Kiwis at international level.

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