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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.

RugbyU: Sonny Bill snubs All Blacks to stay in NRL

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. 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. 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.

RugbyU: Sonny Bill snubs All Blacks to stay in League

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. 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. 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.

RugbyU: Williams not returning to union

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. 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.

RugbyL: Williams defends 'selfish' World Cup decision

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. 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. "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.

RugbyL: Kiwi chiefs under fire over Williams debacle

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. "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.

RugbyL: Late show Williams added to Kiwi World Cup squad

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. 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.

RugbyL: Williams World Cup U-turn polarises Kiwis

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. 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.

RugbyL: Williams keeps them guessing over future plans

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. 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.

RugbyU: Williams eyes Olympic Sevens gold

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. 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.
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