Sonny Bill Williams return to rugby union this year included a moment which arguably cost the All Blacks a series victory over the British and Irish Lions.
The untimely red card to Williams in the second test for the centre’s elbow charge on Anthony Watson was an incident where SBW’s teammates should have warned him before the game: ‘you’re not playing league anymore, pal’.
The red card saw Williams receive a suspension of four weeks, meaning the versatile back is not available for selection until the 20th of August.
The length of the ban means Williams will miss the opening Investec Rugby Championship against Australia, on top of the already missed final series fixture against the British and Irish Lions.
Williams was the first All Black to be sent off in a test match in 50 years, and New Zealand have decided to appeal to decision of the length of the ban in an attempt to have the 31-year-old available for the opening match against Australia.
Away from rugby, Williams is also set to return to the ring as the All Black has all but confirmed terms to fight NRL player, Paul Gallen.
Both Gallen and Williams have a record of seven wins from seven fights, and the fight between the two rugby stars would gauge huge media attraction across Australia and New Zealand with the pair’s popularity.
Gallen’s most recent bout came last December, where as Williams hasn’t fought since 2015. The boxing world has already been turned on its head this year with the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight, and the proposed clash between Williams and Gallen would only increase the following of the sport.