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Sonny Bill Williams won't make rugby union comeback next year

Williams had been tipped to rejoin the All Blacks ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

SBW: sticking with rugby league next year.
SBW: sticking with rugby league next year.
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ALL BLACKS CROSS-CODE superstar Sonny Bill Williams will not return to rugby union next year.

There has been fevered speculation about Williams’ future since he helped the Sydney Roosters with the National Rugby League title last weekend, with the New Zealander weighing up an offer to rejoin the All Blacks for a tilt at the 2015 World Cup.

But Neil Sorensen, NZRU’s General Manager Professional Rugby, said Williams had rejected the chance to link up again with the team he helped win the 2011 World Cup.

“We obviously worked pretty hard to bring Sonny home, and we have had some really good conversations with him,” Sorensen said in a statement.

“This is disappointing but we know we put our best foot forward, and in the end Sonny has made his decision.”

He said lines of communication would be kept open with the mercurial 28-year-old, who only this week changed his mind about playing for New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup later this month.

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