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All Blacks try to tempt Sonny Bill Williams back to rugby union

Williams is bidding to become the first person to win a World Cup in both codes — but the NZRU want him back playing union.

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NEW ZEALAND ARE trying to tempt former All Blacks superstar Sonny Bill Williams back from rugby league.

Williams left the 15-a-side game earlier this year to return to his first love after a four-year flirtation with union.

But New Zealand Rugby Union CEO Steve Tew told reporters that an offer has been made to Williams and his representatives.

“We have been talking to them and the dialogue has been positive but we don’t have any ink on paper,” Tew said, in quotes widely reported by local media.

Williams began his career in league with the Canterbury Bulldogs before leaving for union when he joined French Top 14 outfit Toulon in 2008.

After two years in France he moved back home and helped New Zealand win the World Cup on their own territory in 2011.

However, at the beginning of this year he moved back to league and the Sydney Roosters as he bids to become the first person to win the World Cup in both rugby codes.

- © AFP, 2013

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