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RugbyL: Williams faces NRL ban for shoulder charge

Dual international Sonny Bill Williams is facing up to four weeks on the sidelines after being cited by the National Rugby League Friday for making a banned shoulder charge in the season opener. The Kiwi superstar, who is returning to rugby union next year, is under the scrutiny of the league's judiciary after using his shoulder in a tackle playing for the Sydney Roosters against South Sydney on Thursday. Souths downed the defending NRL and world club champions 28-8 in a torrid match which featured a number of ferocious physical exchanges between the two local rivals.

RugbyU: Williams pens All Blacks deal for 2015

Cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams will return to rugby union in 2015, New Zealand Rugby have said. Williams, who will continue in rugby league with the Sydney Roosters in 2014, has signed a two-year deal, meaning he could appear for the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup. He will return to the Chiefs, for whom he played in 2012, in the Super 15 competition. New Zealand Rugby CEO Steve Tew said: "Sonny showed in his two years with New Zealand rugby that he is an outstanding talent and was a real asset to our game.

RugbyL: Williams the star draw, but Kangaroos dominate

Sonny Bill Williams, the biggest name in either rugby codes and a true global sporting celebrity, was the star draw for rugby league's showcase World Cup, won with ease by a consummate Australia team. After initially spurning a chance for selection for the New Zealand side, Williams backed down and was a late inclusion at the expense of an already-named player - another page of controversy nonchantly added to his tumultuous career.

Sonny Bill Williams stripped of boxing belts

(Reuters) - Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams has been stripped of his professional boxing belts after the dual code rugby player failed to defend his international and New Zealand heavyweight titles. Williams is eyeing a return to rugby union in 2015 hoping to be part of New Zealand's World Cup defense and also feature in the national sevens team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. His new goals have forced the 28-year-old to suspend his boxing career during which he won all of his six professional heavyweight bouts.

Boxing: Rugby star Williams stripped of titles

Cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has been stripped of his two boxing titles, with officials saying they are "disgusted" with the way they have been treated by his management. Williams lost his New Zealand heavyweight crown on Sunday after being stripped of his "international" belt by the World Boxing Association last week for failing to defend his titles within six months. New Zealand Professional Boxing Association secretary Pat Leonard told AFP they tried several times to make contact with Williams' Australia-based manager Khoder Nasser without success.

RugbyL: Sonny Bill left heartbroken in quest for unique double

Code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams was left "heartbroken" after failing in his bid to become the first player to win World Cups in both rugby union and league. Williams was part of the All Blacks squad that won the union Cup on home soil in 2011, but his attempt to emulate that with the Kiwi league outfit came to a shuddering halt at the hands of an Australian team at the peak of its powers.

RugbyL: Williams moved to tears by world's best award

Code-swapping star Sonny Bill Williams was reduced to tears after his Kiwi teammates performed an impromptu haka to show him respect at being named the world's best rugby league player. Scooping the award marked a sensational return to the 13-man code after a five-year absence during which he played 19 Tests for the All Blacks to help them win the 2011 World Cup and also became New Zealand's heavyweight champion.

RugbyL: Double World Cup glory key to Sonny Bill's latest reincarnation

Love him or hate him, Sonny Bill Williams adds a good dose of spice whether it be on the paddock in either code of rugby or in the boxing ring. The latest reincarnation for the 28-year-old code-swapping Kiwi, who is also New Zealand's heavyweight boxing champion, is back in rugby league, with his aim set on becoming the first player to win both union and league World Cups. Fresh from helping the Sydney Roosters win the NRL, second-rower Williams is in the New Zealand squad seeking to defend the Rugby League World Cup crown they snatched off Australia in 2008.

RugbyL: Snake gets better of Sonny Bill

Not much gets the better of rugby icon Sonny Bill Williams, but a snake has sent the cross-code superstar scurrying for cover in Sydney. The dual international got moving after the metre-long reptile was discovered inside the New Zealand Rugby League World Cup squad's training base late Sunday. An underwear-clad Williams was caught on camera bouncing off a massage table when the snake was scooped up by his Sydney Roosters teammate Frank-Paul Nuuausala and pointed in his direction, Australian Associated Press reported.

RugbyU: New Zealand's Williams to return to union in 2015

Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams said Sunday he will return to rugby union in 2015 after completing a second season with Australian National Rugby League champions the Sydney Roosters. Williams, 28, last week opted against returning to New Zealand rugby to instead spend another season with the Roosters, who beat Manly in last weekend's NRL grand final.
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