SBW to sign new All blacks deal
Sonny Bill Williams is set to announce a new three-year deal with New Zealand Rugby today.
The 30-year-old’s current contract runs until the end of the year and yesterday NZR announced a media conference will take place in Auckland today, “where the sporting future of Sonny Bill Williams will be announced”.
Williams, who won the 2011 and 2015 World Cup with the All Blacks, is not with the squad preparing for upcoming tests against Wales as he has committed to the All Blacks Sevens team.
England are preparing for a high intensity, physical series against the Wallabies this month, according to centre Luther Burrell.
The 28-year-old, who replaced the injured Manu Tuilagi in the squad, scored a try in England’s 27-13 victory over Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.
And he says: “You saw [against Wales] that as soon as we get on the front foot, we want to pound the gain line.
“Some of the contacts were massive. With the back row that Australia have, we are going to take some big collisions.”
Argentina lock Tomas Lavanini will miss Test matches against Italy and France after he was sent off in the Jaguares’ 29-22 Super Rugby loss to the Kings last week.
Lavanini was given a two-week suspension by Sanzaar after he was sent off by referee Nick Briant for a dangerous charge in the first half of the match in Port Elizabeth.
The 23-year-old could have missed the Pumas’ entire June schedule after Sanzaar judicial officer Michael Heron indicated Lavanini’s poor disciplinary record warranted an additional week suspension.
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