As many of you know, New Zealand Rugby has been the class of International rugby for the past several decades. Now with the World Cup coming ever closer, rosters are being set and favorites are being made. New Zealand has always had top tier talent, but has failed to secure a World Cup since 1987. With stars such as Daniel Carter and Richie McCaw, who can deny this team has the talent to win it all. Recently a man by the name of Sonny Bill Willams has taken over rugby news with his devastating runs, and ridiculous offloads. He has always played rugby, and became a star in Rugby League playing for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. After five years with the team, Williams made a controversial move to play for the Toulon Rugby Club in France as he made the switch to Rugby Union in 2008, in order to pursue his dream to represent his country in the upcoming World Cup. With his contract expiring at the end of the 2010 season, Toulon offered him a record $6 million over three years, and to everyone’s astonishment he rejected the offer and returned home to play for the Canterbury Crusaders for a measly $550,000 per year. From then on, Sonny Bill has made every team in the NZRU a platform to showcase his talent. He’s 6’3 and weighs 238 pounds and moves like a man half that size. He is bigger than Patrick Willis and he’s playing the running back position in a game where forwards are supposed to have all the mass. He can run you over every time, and just when you think he’s about to do it again, he turns on the jets and burns your entire team for another try. Just like every other kid from New Zealand, Williams was taught to always try to offload a pass when being tackled. He creates tries whenever he pleases by sucking in two sometimes three defenders then offloading to Conrad Smith or Malili Muliaina for a quick try. He is the future of rugby and I cannot wait to see him BEASTMODE teams this upcoming fall.
Fast forward to the one minute mark and you will see what I’m talking about.
Sonny Bill not only has conquered Rugby League, and the NZRU but also has taken his talents to the ring as a professional heavy weight boxer. Williams is 3-0 with two TKOs and one unanimous decision. This guy has an open stance, and begs for you to come try and knock him out. His hands lay down by his sides waiting for you to make that one mistake that will end the fight.