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New Zealand Rugby Union Relaxes Rules for Sonny Bill Williams

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Sonny Bill WilliamsThe New Zealand Rugby Union has relaxed its rules, which will make it easy for Sonny Bill Williams to return for the All Blacks upon his return later in the year to the rugby union.

Williams, who currently is in his second go round in the NRL, normally would have to participate in the ITM Cup prior to being eligible to return to the All Blacks.

However, the NZRU made the exemption allowing Williams to be a part of the world champions lineup in their tour for the end of the year in Europe and the United States.

The All Blacks on the club’s official Twitter feed said that Sonny Bill Williams had been granted his exemption and selected for the tour at the end of the year even if the player does not participate in the ITM Cup.

Williams started in the rugby league to begin his career, winning the NRL title in 2004 playing for Canterbury Bulldogs in his first season, prior to walking out controversially on the club half way through his contract to play in France’s rugby union.

He was successful as well with at the 15-man code, by contributing to the win by All Blacks in the World Cup of 2011 and winning the title in Super Rugby for 2012 with the Chiefs, prior to a NRL return last year with the Roosters in Sydney, picking up yet another title with that side.

The All Blacks will take on the United States November 2 in Chicago prior to heading over to Europe for tests versus the likes of Wales, Scotland and England.

The return of Williams had been timed to coincide by helping to reinforce the All Blacks prior to them defending their title at the Rugby World Cup next year in England.

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