Sonny Bill Chiefs move confirmed
Mon, 16 Jun 2014 08:42
Sonny Bill Williams has confirmed his intentiones to play for the Chiefs and ultimatly stake a claim in the All Blacks World Cup squad by signing with the Manukau Steelers.
Sonny Bill Williams has confirmed his intentiones to play for the Chiefs and ultimatly stake a claim in the All Blacks World Cup squad by signing with NPC team, the Manukau Steelers.
Williams has signed a two year deal with the current Ranfurly Shield holders for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Steelers Coach Tana Umaga is rapt to be reunited with Williams.
"Sonny is an outstanding man, whose work ethic, ability and motivation are exceptional," said the former All Black legend.
"He will be a great role model to our younger players and an inspiration to the young people of South Auckland."
The powerful midfielder is looking forward to joining Counties Manukau.
"I like what is happening at Counties. I know a few boys in the side and enjoyed working with Tana.
"I have enjoyed my time in Australia and at the end of the season I will be ready for next chapter of my career back in New Zealand."
Counties Manukau Rugby CEO Andrew Maddock said: "It is great that a sportsman of Sonny's caliber has chosen to join us and will open another exciting phase for Counties Manukau rugby."
Williams is expected to return to New Zealand once he has finished his commitments with his NRL team, the Sydney Roosters and will play his Super Rugby for the Chiefs for the next two seasons.
Sonny Bill Williams was part of the 2011 World Cup winning All Blacks, the 2011 Super Rugby Champion Chiefs side, the 2011 NPC Cup winning Canterbury side and a 2013 NRL Grand Final winner.