New Zealand: Sonny Bill Williams quits his rugby career to focus on boxing

New Zealand: Sonny Bill Williams quits his rugby career to focus on boxing

Posted Mar 10, 2021 at 11:19 AM – Updated Mar 10, 2021 at 11:53 AM.

Aurelie Satchelli

New Zealand rugby union world champion Sonny Bill Williams, 35, has announced that he is retiring to devote himself to boxing.

Sonny Bill Williams and rugby, it’s over! The 35-year-old, who was passed by New Zealand’s seventh, 13th and 15th teams, announced on Wednesday on Australian television that he was stepping away from tapes to dedicate himself to boxing. “I am humble enough to understand that my old knee can’t meet the demands of playing every week, even if my brain wanted it,” he said. Nin channele. Therefore, it is the iconic figure of New Zealand rugby in the 21st century who is holding back. Because “SBW” managed to shine in three different disciplines! It was initially in rugby league that he made his nobles speeches, particularly with Australian teams Canterbury and Sydney. Sélectionné à douze reprises en équipe nationale, il a été vice-champion du monde en 2013. En parallèle, il a débuté une carrière à XV en 2008 du côté de Toulon, où il est resté deux ans, la final dispute notamment challenge in 2010. He then returned to the country, participating in the All Blacks’ victory at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

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Sonny Bill Williams also competed in rugby sevens in 2015 and 2016, partially rupturing his Achilles tendon in New Zealand’s first match at the Olympic tournament in Rio. He played his last XV match in the 2019 World Cup minor final against Wales, then signed with the Toronto rugby league franchise, but the coronavirus pandemic arrived and he was eventually signed to the Sydney Roosters, where he played his part. The last game of the NFL quarter-finals was last October. From now on, Sonny Bill Williams will devote himself to boxing, whose career has already begun, with seven contested fights between 2009 and 2015, achieving a record of seven wins including three by KO. “I said to my manager, ‘Brother, I think I’m ready to be back in the ring for a few more years. Of course I spoke to my wife first. Her eyes were blank at first, but she supported me as usual. Now I want to see how I will be in six months, not six weeks.’” His next opponents, ‘SBW’ will now devote himself only to boxing.

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