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The Rugby World Sympathizes For Sonny Bill Williams

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With New Zealand sevens rugby still in shock over the ill-fated foot injury to talisman Sonny Bill Williams, a host of peer, pundits and fans alike have flooded in with messages of condolences and sympathy for the tri-discipline rugby player.

After going against all odds and succeeding where other premier names within the code of XV’s had failed in making their respective Olympic sevens squads, SBW was unable to last the full duration of the All Blacks Sevens’ first game as it was his achilles heel that was to be his downfall.

While the outcome of this commendable venture is bitterly disappointing; even though Williams will not allow it seem as such, massive credit must go to the man who has now competed professionally and at the highest echelon of all three disciplines of the game of rugby.

It is a true testament not only to the God-given athletic talent that the Auckland Blues bound player possesses, but it also speaks volumes of his mindset and drive.

With the likes of former IRB Player of the Year and World Cup winner Byran Habana, along with the highly fluctuating talent of Quade Cooper having failed in their ventures of making it to Rio, one would do well to remember the difficulty of not only adapting to and excelling in the highly challenging parameters of sevens, but also in making the most successful squad of all time in the game.

Appropriately, it would seem that this fact has not been lost on the rugby world as many of the Kiwi’s peers have sent on their personal messages of aggrievance to the two-time World Cup winner:

However, such is the class of the man, he was quick to dispel any sympathy aimed his way and was adamant in congratulating Japan on what was possibly overshadowed as simply an incredible victory:

It has since been revealed that Williams is to miss the entirety of New Zealand’s Rugby Championship campaign, Autumn internationals and a considerable portion of Auckland Blues Super Rugby season as he has been ruled out of action for up to nine-months with a partially ruptured achilles tendon.

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