Sonny Bill Williams responds to World Rugby decision

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has appealed World Rugby’s decision which has him set to miss the first Bledisloe Cup test in Sydney on August 19.

World Rugby released a statement that ruled out two of the three matches submitted as part of Williams’ proposed suspension, confirming his four-match ban would extend through until the first Test.


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But on Friday evening NZ Rugby released a statement confirming an appeal by Williams.

“Sonny Bill Williams has appealed the World Rugby judicial committee’s decision not to include the All Blacks match on 11 August (a split game of 40 minutes each against Counties Manukau and Taranaki) in the four-week suspension given to Williams following a hearing into the red card he received in the second test against the touring British & Irish Lions,” the statement said.

The matter will now be decided by an Appeal Committee.

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