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Code-switcher Williams to make All Blacks debut

Code-switcher Williams to make All Blacks debut

Former New Zealand rugby league international Sonny Bill Williams will make his debut for the All Blacks in Saturday's test against England at Twickenham.
The 25-year-old Williams, who switched codes from the 13-man game in 2008, has been named at outside center, replacing Conrad Smith in one of four changes to the New Zealand team that lost to Australia at the weekend.
Winger Hosea Gear, scrumhalf Alby Mathewson and lock Samuel Whitelock have also been handed starts.
Williams left NRL side the Canterbury Bulldogs to join French Top 14 team Toulon two years ago but moved back to New Zealand over the summer.
All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen said Thursday "we know he is a classy individual. He has the whole package."


Updated : 2021-04-18 20:59 GMT+08:00