At first the Former Toulon, Crusader, Chief, Panasonic Wild Knights and now Sydney Roosters player told the All Blacks that he was not interested in helping the World Champions retain the trophy because he had “other commitments”. Since then SBW has changed his mind and decided that the All Blacks quest to be the first team to win back to back RWCs is worth his time.
SBW posted on twitter earlier this month:
“After having some time to really think about how much representing my country means to me, I decided to then put my name forward for selection,”
“Now I know the squad’s been picked and I understand if I can’t be a part of it, but I’m here and ready to help the brothers if they want me.”
Sonny Bill Williams must be one of the most talented players in world rugby (union and league) but his fear of commitment and the feeling that he thinks himself “bigger than the game” is worrying for the All Blacks. What is more worrying is that the All Blacks coaching staff seems to accept this view.
“Our thinking has always been that if Sonny was available, he would be part of the team, We are now exploring options around Sonny’s possible inclusion in the tournament.” Said Coach Stephen Kearney.
Concerns for SBW’s attitude were voiced by The Dominion Post’s Duncan Johnstone who wrote: “Williams is about to test the theory that no player is bigger than a team… Kearney should make a stand and simply tell Williams ‘sorry mate, you’re too late’,”
However Former All Black Tony Kemp told Radio Livesport that: “He’s the best player in the world, he’s got to be in the side… what it’s going to show is that Sonny Bill Williams is bigger than rugby league,” despite the worries of surrounding his amateurish behavior.
While there is little doubt that SBW will make an appearance in the 2015 RWC and that his inclusion could possibly make the All Blacks favorites for the British tournament, there is a feeling that someone needs to bring this star down to earth… lets hope that person will be in a Springbok Jersey!