New Zealand Sevens player Sonny Bill Williams has been ruled out of rest of the Olympic games after suffering an injury during his side’s 14-12 loss to Japan.
The Rugby World Cup winner ruptured his achilles tendon during the men’s teams’ first game of the competition according to Stuff. The injury will reportedly rule Williams out for six to nine months.
New Zealand also lost Joe Webber after he suffered a shoulder injury.
The loss of Sonny Bill Williams will be a massive blow to the team, although the player as confirmed he will stay in Rio to support the team before returning to New Zealand to have surgery.
“I’ve had a good run without injuries, this is just a speed bump. For now, my injury is secondary to the team and the team trying to go all the way to that medal. I’m not leaving until after that last game,” he said.
“I’ve had an amazing ride. I’ve been blessed beyond things I could never have imagined . . . I don’t want anyone to feel sorry for me.”
Williams also said if he could go back, knowing he would get to this stage of his Olympic dream and suffer the injury, he would still do it all over again.
“[There is] something special to be an Olympian and I still have a chance to win a medal, it’s an amazing feeling.”
New Zealand beat Kenya 28-5 in their second pool game and will next face Great Britain.