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Sonny Bill's Famous Career Should Be Remembered For A Moment Of Selflessness

Sonny Bill's Famous Career Should Be Remembered For A Moment Of Selflessness

Popular dual rugby star Sonny Bill Williams has announced his retirement from rugby at the age of 35.

The New Zealand native appeared 58 times for the All Blacks, and made 12 appearances for their rugby league side. He last played league with the Sydney Roosters in late 2020.

Williams won a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs in 2012. He also featured for Toulon, the Crusaders and the Blues over his club career, with a stint in Japan too.

In rugby league, he played his club rugby early into his career with the Canterbury Bulldogs, before spending a year with the Sydney Roosters before his most recent stint in 2020. He won two NRL premierships over his career.

 

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Sonny Bill was a rare physical specimen. Yet for all the amazing tries he scored in both codes, his career will be defined by a moment of charity. After the All Blacks won the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickehnham, Williams gifted his World Cup winners medal to a young kid who crashed the pitch in order to congratulate the All Blacks team.

It was the kind of selfless act that makes young kids worship sports stars. In a frenetic, emotional moment, Williams reacted with incredible warmth and grace.

He scored 65 points over his career with the All Blacks, representing the side at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. His last appearance at a national level came in late 2019.

Aside from his illustrious rugby career, Williams was also known for his venture into boxing. He fought seven professional boxing bouts, winning all of them. It's thought he will try and have another go at this aspect of his career after rugby.

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