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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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Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Thursday , August 14
Taranaki vs Counties Manukau19:35
Friday , August 15
Southland vs Bay Of Plenty19:35
Saturday , August 16
Otago vs North Harbour14:35
Canterbury vs Auckland16:35
Wellington vs Waikato18:35
Sunday , August 17
Tasman vs Hawkes Bay14:35
Northland vs Manawatu16:35
Thursday , August 21
North Harbour vs Southland19:35
Friday , August 22
Waikato vs Canterbury18:05
Hawkes Bay vs Taranaki20:05
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ITM Cup Table
PosTeamPPts
1Wellington1042
2Canterbury1040
3Auckland1036
4Counties Manukau1028
5Waikato1021