Williams still not cleared by Panasonic

NZ Newswire August 10, 2012, 1:10 pm

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says Sonny Bill Williams remains all-but certain to be available for the opening Rugby Championship Tests against Australia.

Williams, who leaves to begin a contract with Japanese club Panasonic next month, was a notable absentee from the All Blacks training session in Auckland on Friday.

Panasonic are still to officially clear Williams to play the Wallabies Tests in Sydney on August 18 and Auckland on August 25. That would push back the start of his lucrative Japanese schedule.

Hansen told reporters he remained "99 per cent sure" the paperwork would be completed to clear Williams.

"There's no point us panicking. We'll have it sorted by hopefully the weekend and then he'll be into it," Hansen said.

Williams was classified as a standby player when the All Blacks squad for the championship was named, featuring injured centre Conrad Smith.

An eye injury has ruled Smith out of the August Tests, with Williams expected to start both at inside centre.

The Wallabies this week said they were planning to face an All Blacks side that featured Williams in the No.12 jersey.

The All Blacks were to play two 20-minute matches in Pukekohe on Friday night, against Auckland and Counties Manukau.

Hansen is anxious that players short of match fitness are given a decent workout in the matches.

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  1. Lisa07:00pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He wasn't the main man Rommel it's takes a whole team to make champions:)

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  2. ROMMEL06:56pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    if sonny was a main man in the chiefs this year ,,,god help them next year ,,,,,ja

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  3. Perplexed06:42pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Comeon kids play nice.Barrrrrrrrrr just saying ah,But we`ll watch an enjoy.

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  4. 06:31pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good rugby player for the Cheifs now,But after he just about lost the wrc. for us as a very average AB Let him go,we have got 4 more years to build up new talent, Lets move on Steve,,ASAP.

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  5. Nach06:27pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It was when she called out her dad's name that had me concerned!!

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  6. Will06:12pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Nach. Your right, she did call out all the boys names & guess what, she mentioned you - and said - "I'm not surprised your missus left, was that it???. Even a schoolboy packs more in his lunch box"

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  7. Roger05:55pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Great player but not unreplacable. Let him go

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  8. Brian05:29pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sonny Bill has made his bed, now let him go sleep in it. Rugby is a 22 man game, not a one man game. We had good players before SBW, there will be good players after SBW. Lets move on.

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  9. Roger04:59pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    get a life we can do with out him surley

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  10. handsome04:47pm Friday 10th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    will ,whats to be jealous of ,he talks as though he's half stupid and his nose points sideways ,,has not such a bad body but really he is one ugly fella ,mind you i'm to beautiful to give to much of a

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