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Sonny Bill Williams makes instant 7s impact with try and sublime offload on his debut
The two-time World-Cup winner shone for New Zealand in Wellington this morning.

SONNY BILL WILLIAMS scored a try with his first touch in his World Rugby Sevens Series debut for New Zealand on Saturday.

The iconic dual-code centre came off the bench to make his sevens bow against Russia in Wellington and made an immediate impact, going over in a 38-7 victory over Russia.

New Zealand won all three matches at the Westpac Stadium to set up a quarter-final against Kenya on Sunday.

And he had the crowd on their feet in the next game against South Africa with a sensational offload to set-up a try for team-mate Joe Webber and seal victory.

“Hopefully I can grow into the tournament and just keep learning. It was a sneaky scab try, I was just backing up, but like I said I just want to learn,” Williams said.

“I am grateful to be playing amongst such talented players.

“It is always good to play at home, and in the All Blacks jersey, in Wellington, from an NZ perspective I’m not sure it gets much bigger than this.”

Two-time World-Cup winner Williams is set to feature at the Rio Olympic Games later this year.

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Ben Ryan’s Fiji scored 17 tries, including four from Savenaca Rawaca to take his tally for the season to 14, and will face USA in a mouth-watering quarter-final, while Australia will meet South Africa in their quarter-final after Sam Myers scored at the death to beat Kenya 17-12 in the Pool D decider.

Despite a defeat to Samoa, England were the other side to finish top of their pool.

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