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Published: 09:44 | 1/6/16

Williams sticking with the All Blacks


Sonny Bill Williams has committed to playing with the All Blacks until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Williams had lucrative offers to move away from Rugby Union but he has agreed a deal that will see him remain with the All Blacks. Under the terms of his new contract, Williams will switch from the Waikato Chiefs to the Auckland Blues.

In addition he will be allowed to pursue his interest in boxing.

"I grew up as a league boy, I'm not going to lie. But now this is where my path is and it's an amazing feeling to be part of such a high quality team," Williams said.

"I must admit when I first came back I didn't really know too much about what it means to be an All Black. Now I do. I consider myself a rugby player and I just love the environment.

"I love winning, I love the high-pressure environment. I don't know if I could get that overseas."

Williams will miss the visit of Wales this summer but should return for the Rugby Championship and All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen is delighted to have secured his services until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

"He's a freakish athlete and is one of the best if not the best in the world in his position. We saw at the World Cup how he made a difference every time he played," Hansen said.

"He now has a really big role for us coming on board for three years to develop other people around him."

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