Sonny Bill Williams names the best players he’s played with and against
All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams has been talking about players he played with or against who made a lasting impression on him.
In an interview with Australian website Sporting News, the cross-code superstar listed the top 14 rugby or league players he had encountered during his playing career.
There is no room for All Black legends Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, with whom Williams won the Rugby World Cup this year.
He could also not find a spot for any Springbok players.
1. Nehe Milner-Skudder
Equal top try-scorer at RWC 2015
“What he did earlier this year and at the World Cup was really special, especially from where he started the year.”
2. Malakai Fekitoa (New Zealand)
13 Tests and four tries for the All Blacks
“He’s another young bloke coming up and he’s like Milner-Skudder – when I’m finished I’ll be sitting there with my kids saying ‘I played with that guy’.”
3. Kurtley Beale (Australia)
60 Tests, 12 tries and 118 points for the Wallabies
“He’s a player I’ve loved watching over the years and I don’t think he gets the acknowledgement he deserves. He was one the best players – if not the best player – for the Australian team in the World Cup. Just his skillset, and you can tell that he’s got his stuff together off the field as well.”
4. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
The greatest All Black ever
“He’s someone that stood out because even when I didn’t play rugby I knew who he was. You just have to go back and watch some highlights of him to see how crazy what he did was. You don’t see players these days running through ten blokes on the way to the tryline.”
5. Jonny Wilkinson (England)
97 Tests, 1246 points and a World Cup for England
“I’m lucky enough to say I’ve played with Jonny Wilkinson and have seen the commitment that he had. When I played with him, he was pretty much at the height of his powers, but the way he dedicated himself to his craft was unbelievable and I learnt a lot from him.”