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Sonny Bill Williams reveals sons don’t want to play for the All Blacks

The sons of All Black superstar Sonny Bill Williams have revealed they’d prefer to play for South Africa if they follow in their father’s footsteps.

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Williams scored 13 tries in 58 appearances for the All Blacks, and was the first Muslim to pull on the famous black jersey.

“Cape Town is my second home,” said Williams, who married South African model Alana Raffie in 2013. 

“Maybe one day my two boys might be playing in Green and Gold. They’ve told me that’s what they’d like.

“They love the Springboks.”

South Africa want to join the Six Nations in the near future.

Telegraph’s best XV who never played for the British and Irish Lions

15. Chris Paterson (Scotland, 109 caps)

14. Sean Lamont (Scotland, 105 caps)

13. Mike Tindall (England, 75 caps)

They wrote: “The World Cup winner could barely have done more on the international stage to stake his claim, but the former centre’s game was always deemed too limited and conservative for the Lions. He was a dogged, hardy competitor, but Tindall’s best rugby always came when the artist to his artisan, Will Greenwood, was outside him.”

12. Danny Cipriani (England, 16 caps*)

They wrote: “A little creative licence has been granted, with Cipriani sliding out to inside centre to make way for Jonathan Davies at fly-half, but leaving out either of these precious talents seemed mindless.”

Danny Cipriani of England during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

11. Simon Geoghegan (Ireland, 37 caps)

10. Jonathan Davies (Wales, 37 caps)

9. Peter Stringer (Ireland, 98 caps)

1. Duncan Jones (Wales, 57 caps)

2. Dylan Hartley (England, 97 caps)

They wrote: “Two little words were all it took for Hartley’s Lions dreams to crumble to dust. The 11-week ban that the former England captain copped for telling referee Wayne Barnes to “f— off” in Northampton’s 2013 Premiership final loss to Leicester put the nail in his Lions coffin.”

3. Jeff Probyn (England, 37 caps)

4. Joe Launchbury (England, 65 caps*)

5. Gareth Llewellyn (Wales, 92 caps)

6. Chris Robshaw (England, 66 caps)

They wrote: “If effort, commitment and industriousness were the three hallmarks of Lions selection, then the former England captain would have received the call-up in a heartbeat. As it was, when the best of the best from four nations were available, the former Harlequin, now at San Diego Legion, came up just short.”

7. Steffon Armitage (England, five caps)

8. Anthony Foley (Ireland, 62 caps)

The current 36-man British & Irish Lions squad for 2025, according to the bookies

We found it intriguing to project a smaller squad based on the favored contenders according to bookmakers’ odds as of April19, 2024.

The Lions will play a New Zealand and Australia invitational XV as part of their nine-match tour down under in 2025. 

The historic fixture in Adelaide will precede Test matches with the Wallabies in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. 

A sell-out at the 100,000-capacity Melbourne Cricket Ground would smash records for a Lions Test match. 

The series finale will be played in front of more than 80,000 fans in Sydney’s Olympic Park.

The 2025 Lions tour fixtures in full

  • Saturday 28 June: v Western Force, Optus Stadium, Perth
  • Wednesday 2 July: v Queensland Reds, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Saturday 5 July: v New South Wales Waratahs, Allianz Stadium, Sydney
  • Wednesday 9 July: v ACT Brumbies, GIO Stadium, Canberra
  • Saturday 12 July: v Invitational Australia & NZ XV, Adelaide Oval
  • Saturday 19 July: First Test, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
  • Tuesday 22 July: v Melbourne Rebels, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne
  • Saturday 26 July: Second Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
  • Saturday 2 August: Third Test, Accor Stadium, Sydney

The bolded players in our proposed Lions squad represent the starting XV, according to current odds.



  • Duhan van der Merwe (Scotland) – 1/16
  • James Lowe (Ireland) – 1/8
  • Hugo Keenan (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Tommy Freeman (England) – 4/9
  • Immanuel Feyi-Waboso (England) – 8/11
  • Mack Hansen (Ireland) – 2/1


  • Bundee Aki (Ireland) – 1/5
  • Ollie Lawrence (England) – 1/4
  • Sione Tuipulotu (Scotland) – 2/7
  • Robbie Henshaw (Ireland) – 8/11


  • George Ford (England) – 1/10
  • Marcus Smith (England) – 8/15
  • Finn Russell (Scotland) – 8/11