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Fans Are Absolutely Furious That Sonny Bill Williams Has Been Cleared To Play Australia

Sonny Bill Williams became the first All Black to be sent off since 1967 when he was dismissed by Jerome Garces early in the second Lions test last month.

The New Zealand centre led with his shoulder into a tackle on Anthony Watson and was eventually shown a red card by referee Garces. He was subsequently cited and handed a four-week ban. Under the complicated rules designed by World Rugby, it was, in reality, a four-match ban.

Williams missed the drawn third Test in Eden Park the following week and the All Blacks then looked into what exactly constituted a “match” in an effort to make the 32-year-old available for their Bledisloe Cup clash with Australia.

It has been announced today that the side’s somewhat informal warm-up game against Counties Manukau and Taranaki has been ruled as compliant with “the regulations’ definition of a match” meaning Steve Hansen can call upon the Blues star for the game against the Wallabies.

Unsurprisingly, rugby fans across the globe are not best pleased that the world champions have been handed what could be seen as another favourable decision.

The two southern hemisphere giants face off on August 19th in Syndey’s ANZ Stadium. Ironically, the man with the whistle that day will once again be Garces.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for SBW having recently agreed to return to boxing to fight rugby league star Paul Gallen.

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