Sonny Bill Williams confirms new rugby deal

The Auckland-based Blues have snapped up the highly sought after Sonny Bill Williams on a three-year deal.

The 30-year-old dual international is shifting north from the Chiefs after signing the new deal with New Zealand Rugby on Wednesday morning.

He’ll commit to the All Blacks and the Blues through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup.


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Blues coach Tana Umaga said the signing would have a significant influence on the club both on and off the field.

“Sonny is a marquee international player, and first and foremost he is here to play. His experience and expertise will be a major asset to a young backline,” he said.

“Off the field he brings leadership and a thoroughly professional attitude and approach that will hugely benefit our club and our players.”

Blues boss Michael Redman said it’s a massive announcement for the organisation.

“In our view, Sonny is one of the most prized signatures in rugby right now.

“This announcement is a further reflection that we are moving in the right direction, that Sonny relishes the challenge and opportunity to help us realise our ambitions and believes we have the environment, coach and direction to achieve them.”