Rugby Union 1 year ago

SBW out for up to nine months

  • SBW out for up to nine months

    RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 03: Sonny Bill Williams of the New Zealand Mens Rugby Sevens team speaks to media during a press conference ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games on August 3, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Sonny Bill Williams will miss the entire Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series after being ruled out for up to nine months with an Achilles injury.

Williams was injured in New Zealand's opening Olympic rugby sevens loss to Japan, and NZRU CEO Steve Tew has confirmed he will be sidelined for between six to nine months with a partially-ruptured Achilles.

The 31-year-old centre had been due to miss only the first Test against Australia in Sydney on August 20 due to his Olympic commitments, before returning for the rest of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Tests.

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