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SBW signs with Counties for ITM Cup

16th June 2014 07:31

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Sonny Bill Williams Roosters training NRL 2014

Sonny Bill Williams: Signed a two-year deal

Former All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has signed to play in the ITM Cup with the Counties Manukau Steelers in 2015.

Williams, who is currently playing rugby league for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, has signed a two-year deal with the current Ranfurly Shield holders for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Steelers coach Tana Umaga is thrilled to be reunited with Williams.

"Sonny is an outstanding man, whose work ethic, ability and motivation are exceptional," he told Counties Manukau Steelers' official website.

He will be a great role model to our younger players and an inspiration to the young people of South Auckland."

The powerful midfielder is looking forward to joining Counties Manukau.

"I like what is happening at Counties," he said.

"I know a few boys in the side and enjoyed working with Tana.

"I have enjoyed my time in Australia and at the end of the season I will be ready for next chapter of my career back in New Zealand."

Counties Manukau Rugby CEO Andrew Maddock said: "It is great that a sportsman of Sonny's calibre has chosen to join us and will open another exciting phase for Counties Manukau rugby."

Williams is expected to return to New Zealand once he has finished his commitments with the Roosters and will play his Super Rugby for the Chiefs for the next two seasons.

The code hopper was part of the 2011 World Cup winning All Blacks, the 2011 Super Rugby Champion Chiefs side, the 2011 ITM Cup winning Canterbury side and is a 2013 NRL Grand Final winner.

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FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 3
Manawatu vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Thursday , September 4
Otago vs Canterbury19:35
Friday , September 5
Tasman vs Waikato18:05
Northland vs Hawkes Bay20:05
Saturday , September 6
Auckland vs Wellington14:35
Taranaki vs Southland06:35
Sunday , September 7
Manawatu vs Counties Manukau14:35
Bay Of Plenty vs North Harbour16:35
Wednesday, September 10
Otago vs Northland09:35
Thursday , September 11
Tasman vs Taranaki19:35
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FixtureDetails
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Sunday , August 31
Taranaki 41 - 3 Bay Of PlentyTaranaki vs Bay Of Plenty Report
Auckland 16 - 16 TasmanAuckland vs Tasman Report
Saturday , August 30
Counties Manukau 21 - 27 Hawkes BayCounties Manukau vs Hawkes Bay Report
Southland 22 - 33 Otago
North Harbour 16 - 22 WaikatoNorth Harbour vs Waikato Report
Friday , August 29
Wellington 21 - 27 ManawatuWellington vs Manawatu Report
Thursday , August 28
Canterbury 48 - 3 NorthlandCanterbury vs Northland Report
Wednesday, August 27
Waikato 17 - 46 TaranakiWaikato vs Taranaki Report
Sunday , August 24
Manawatu 7 - 35 AucklandManawatu vs Auckland Report
Bay Of Plenty 27 - 56 TasmanBay Of Plenty vs Tasman Report
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PosTeamPPts
1Canterbury315
2Taranaki413
3Tasman312
4Waikato49
5Counties Manukau38