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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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