Ali Williams announces retirement

Date published: January 15 2015

World Cup-winning former All Black lock Ali Williams has confirmed that he plans to retire at the end of the current European season.

The 33-year-old Toulon second row – who played 77 Tests for New Zealand – told a press conference on Thursday that it was time to hang up his boots come June.

Williams joined RCT in 2013 and, alongside old foe Bakkies Botha, helped the French club to a European-domestic double in 2014 having previously won two Super Rugby titles with the Blues.

“I find it hard to accept, but I have to listen to my body,” said Williams.

“I can not train all week and then I can’t be at my best in every game.

“I’ve been playing for 15 years, it’s time to step aside. I want to finish well in going all the way in both competitions with Toulon, ” he added.