Sonny Bill Williams http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/31390/all en Boxing: All Black Williams beats Botha in title fight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/boxing-all-black-williams-beats-botha-title-fight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>World Cup-winning ex-All Black Sonny Bill Williams added another crown to his career Friday after beating veteran boxer Frans Botha to win their WBA International heavyweight title bout.</p> <p>Williams, who won the Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks in 2011, survived a whirlwind finish from South African Botha to land the vacant title with a unanimous points decision over 10 rounds in Brisbane.</p> <p>The ringside judges gave him the fight 97-91, 98-94, 97-91 over the 10 rounds to boos from the crowd.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/boxing-all-black-williams-beats-botha-title-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Afrikaner people Boxers Boxing Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:05:31 +0000 5750080 at http://www.globalpost.com Rugby-Sonny Bill under fire after shortened boxing bout http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/rugby-sonny-bill-under-fire-after-shortened-boxing-bout <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Ian Ransom</p> <p>MELBOURNE, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams's boxing career plumbed a new depth of farce on Friday when he claimed a controversial victory over a middle-aged South African who had him on the ropes before the bout was cut short by two rounds.</p> <p>The 27-year-old was in trouble at the end of his sixth professional fight in Brisbane against 44-year-old Francois Botha, and jeers rang out from the crowd when he was announced winner after 10 rounds.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130208/rugby-sonny-bill-under-fire-after-shortened-boxing-bout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Boxing Entertainment Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams Sports Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 09 Feb 2013 04:30:10 +0000 5750752 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Williams eyes Olympic Sevens gold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/rugbyu-williams-eyes-olympic-sevens-gold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams admits the chance to win Olympic gold could tempt him to switch to rugby Sevens for the 2016 Rio Games as he weighs up his future in the boxing ring.</p> <p>The code-hopping New Zealander is about to resume his rugby league career with the Sydney Roosters after winning a 10-round heavyweight boxing bout against veteran South African Frans Botha earlier this month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/rugbyu-williams-eyes-olympic-sevens-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Mon, 18 Feb 2013 04:30:27 +0000 5758665 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Williams keeps them guessing over future plans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131007/rugbyl-williams-keeps-them-guessing-over-future-plans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sonny Bill Williams is keeping everyone guessing about his future plans after playing a pivotal role in the Sydney Roosters' National Rugby League grand final victory over Manly at the weekend.</p> <p>The dual rugby international superstar forward was influential in the Roosters' second-half comeback to overhaul the Sea Eagles and win their 13th title 26-18 in Sydney on Sunday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131007/rugbyl-williams-keeps-them-guessing-over-future-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> James Maloney Rugby league Rugby league in Australia Sonny Bill Williams AFP Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:48:56 +0000 5953660 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Williams World Cup U-turn polarises Kiwis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/rugbyl-williams-world-cup-u-turn-polarises-kiwis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sonny Bill Williams sought Wednesday to explain his dramatic late bid to join New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup squad, amid accusations of thinking he is bigger than the game.</p> <p>The former All Black initially snubbed the Kiwis' World Cup defence, telling selectors he had "other commitments", only to undergo a change of heart a few hours after the squad was announced on Tuesday and tell coach Stephen Kearney he was wanted to take part.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/rugbyl-williams-world-cup-u-turn-polarises-kiwis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams Sports Technology AFP Wed, 09 Oct 2013 02:18:10 +0000 5955652 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Late show Williams added to Kiwi World Cup squad http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/rugbyl-late-show-williams-added-kiwi-world-cup-squad <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sonny Bill Williams was rushed into New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup squad on Wednesday after the dual code international controversially reversed a decision to skip the tournament and take a holiday.</p> <p>In a dramatic 24 hours, Williams initially snubbed the Kiwis by declaring he had "other commitments" but changed his tune after the squad was announced Tuesday, saying he wanted to take part and "help the brothers" defend the title they won in 2008.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/rugbyl-late-show-williams-added-kiwi-world-cup-squad" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams Sports Technology AFP Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:46:48 +0000 5955771 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Kiwi chiefs under fire over Williams debacle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/rugbyl-kiwi-chiefs-under-fire-over-williams-debacle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The New Zealand Rugby League was Thursday accused of lacking integrity and pandering to the whims of Sonny Bill Williams after belatedly adding the superstar to the World Cup squad.</p> <p>"Day of shame for NZ rugby league" roared the New Zealand Herald's back page following Wednesday's decision to dump rookie Tohu Harris from the Kiwis' 24-man squad for Williams after the former All Black made himself available at the last minute.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131009/rugbyl-kiwi-chiefs-under-fire-over-williams-debacle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams AFP Thu, 10 Oct 2013 02:46:34 +0000 5956762 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Williams defends 'selfish' World Cup decision http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131010/rugbyl-williams-defends-selfish-world-cup-decision <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sonny Bill Williams apologised Thursday for forcing a rookie player out of New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup squad, admitting his actions could be seen as selfish.</p> <p>But the cross-code superstar, who has faced a barrage of criticism after performing a selection U-turn, said he would not be able to live with himself if he missed the chance to help the Kiwis defend their title.</p> <p>"I couldn't look at myself in the mirror so I had to make the phone call and say I was available," he told the BBC World Service.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131010/rugbyl-williams-defends-selfish-world-cup-decision" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams AFP Thu, 10 Oct 2013 08:47:21 +0000 5956858 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Williams not returning to union http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-williams-not-returning-union <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams will not return to rugby union next year, opting instead to stay with the National Rugby League's Sydney Roosters, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said Friday.</p> <p>There has been fevered speculation about Williams' future since he helped the Roosters win the NRL title last weekend, with the New Zealander weighing up an offer to rejoin the All Blacks for a tilt at the 2015 World Cup.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-williams-not-returning-union" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rugby football Rugby league Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams AFP Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:50:09 +0000 5958020 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Sonny Bill snubs All Blacks to stay in League http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-sonny-bill-snubs-all-blacks-stay-league <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams will not rejoin the All Blacks next year, opting instead to stay in Australia's National Rugby League, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said Friday.</p> <p>Speculation about Williams' future mounted after he helped the Sydney Roosters win the NRL title last weekend, with the New Zealander considering a return to the All Blacks for the 2015 World Cup.</p> <p>But Neil Sorensen, NZRU's General Manager Professional Rugby, said Williams decided against another switch of sporting codes and will remain with the Roosters in 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-sonny-bill-snubs-all-blacks-stay-league" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rugby football Rugby league Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:02:11 +0000 5958036 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: Sonny Bill snubs All Blacks to stay in NRL http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-sonny-bill-snubs-all-blacks-stay-nrl <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams will not rejoin the All Blacks next year, opting instead to stay in Australia's National Rugby League, the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) said Friday.</p> <p>There has been fevered speculation about Williams' future since he helped the Sydney Roosters win the NRL title last weekend, with the New Zealander weighing up whether to return to the All Blacks for the 2015 World Cup.</p> <p>But Neil Sorensen, NZRU's General Manager Professional Rugby, said Williams decided against another switch in sporting codes and will remain with the Roosters in 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131011/rugbyu-sonny-bill-snubs-all-blacks-stay-nrl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rugby football Rugby league Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams AFP Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:03:33 +0000 5958046 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: New Zealand's Williams to return to union in 2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131012/rugbyu-new-zealands-williams-return-union-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131012/rugbyu-new-zealands-williams-return-union-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rugby football Rugby league Rugby union Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Sun, 13 Oct 2013 03:34:32 +0000 5959534 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyU: New Zealand's Williams to return to union in 2015 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131013/rugbyu-new-zealands-williams-return-union-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131013/rugbyu-new-zealands-williams-return-union-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Rugby football Rugby union Social Issues Sonny Bill Williams Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Sun, 13 Oct 2013 05:33:39 +0000 5959560 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Snake gets better of Sonny Bill http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/rugbyl-snake-gets-better-sonny-bill <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131014/rugbyl-snake-gets-better-sonny-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Frank-Paul Nu'uausala Rugby football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams AFP Mon, 14 Oct 2013 06:03:25 +0000 5960118 at http://www.globalpost.com RugbyL: Double World Cup glory key to Sonny Bill's latest reincarnation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131024/rugbyl-double-world-cup-glory-key-sonny-bills-latest-reincarnation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131024/rugbyl-double-world-cup-glory-key-sonny-bills-latest-reincarnation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Football Rugby football Rugby league Sonny Bill Williams Sports AFP Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:23:54 +0000 5969538 at http://www.globalpost.com