Sonny Bill Williams joins debate after statue tore down in Bristol - Ruck

Sonny Bill Williams joins debate after statue tore down in Bristol

All Blacks legend Sonny Bill WIlliams says the pulling down of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston is ‘common sense prevailing’.

“Common sense has prevailed!” tweeted Williams.

“This is what should happen to all statues that represent tyrants & oppressors.”

Ellis Genge, who grew up in Bristol but now plays for Leicester Tigers, also believes the act was  “warranted”.

“I’ve got a lot of black family in Bristol and we’re all proud Bristolians but at the same time, we didn’t want a big statue in the middle of a slave trader,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think it’s warranted to pull the statue down after 10 years of asking.”


Sir Ian McGeechan selects his 41-man Lions squad for 2021 tour

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In a year’s time (coronavirus permitting) Warren Gatland will announce his squad for the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa. 

Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan has selected the star studded squad he’d pick to take on the world champions.

Back-three (8)

Josh Adams, Andrew Conway, Elliot Daly, Stuart Hogg, Jordan Larmour, Jonny May, Anthony Watson, Liam Williams.

Centres (5)

Jonathan Davies, Robbie Henshaw, Sam Johnson, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi


Fly-halves (3)

Dan Biggar,Owen Farrell, Finn Russell.

Scrum-halves (3)

Gareth Davies, Conor Murray, Ali Price.

Props (6)

Zander Fagerson, Tadhg Furlong, Ellis Genge, Wyn Jones, Kyle Sinckler, Rory Sutherland.


Hookers (3)

Luke Cowan Dickie, Jamie George, Ken Owens

Locks (5)

Iain Henderson, Maro Itoje, Alun Wyn Jones, Joe Launchbury, James Ryan.

Back-row (8)

Tom Curry, Taulupe Faletau, Courtney Lawes, Jamie Ritchie, CJ Stander, Justin Tipuric, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola.