Sonny Bill who? That’s what most Saffa’s, much like Robbie Deans are wondering right now. Will the Great All Black Hype live up to his name? Pretty much impossible unless he shoots rugby balls from his bum considering how the Kiwi’s are talking him up.
He’s a large fellow, the biggest of the All Black backs weighing in at a healthy 108 kgs. He stands over 6ft tall. Amazingly enough he cannot walk on water or fly but coach Graham Henry thinks this could only be a matter to time.
Surprisingly for an All Black he has Samoan heritage but was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He made his name playing the poor man’s rugby code for the Sydney Bulldogs and made his début as an 18 year old. He got more accolades in NRL than that fellow who shoved his fingers in places we dare not mention. What a man, what a player they said.
In March 2007 he signed a 5 year deal with the Bulldogs which would see him remain there until 2013. He then absconded in July 2008 to Lionel a French rugby union club called Toulon. It was all about the money you see, as the NRL has a salary cap in place. “I’m no mercenary” claimed Money Bill. The Bulldogs were left in the Mapoe and he is banned from playing in the NRL until 2013.
Strangely enough, it wasn’t about the money when he returned to the land of the long white cloud in 2010 to stake a claim for a World Cup berth. He’s also a great role model for all those little Kiwi kiddies out there having been convicted for drunk driving, urinating in public, has admitted to having an alcohol problem, was caught shagging an iron-woman in a public toilet, and has most recently also been reprimanded by Canterbury for going skiing whilst on injury leave!
Oh, yes and he’s a part time boxer. With a professional record of 2/2, no-one calls Sonny Bill funny names expect his parents of course. He picks some seriously mean opponents too, most of them with a body fat percentage slightly higher than their IQ.
Most importantly for Graham Henry, Sonny claims to have never had any trouble eating fish with bones in it, and can lift heavy things with consummate ease.
In the tradition of great Kiwi rugby nicknames he is strangely known as SBW. Kevin Mealamu was quoted saying that the AB’s hope to get to the bottom of why during the upcoming European tour.
Sonny Bill makes his much anticipated début in the All Black No.13 jersey this Saturday against the lowly English. We look forward to seeing you on the pitch son.
For those who have already read this on my blog a while back, apologies but figured it was relevant with his debut coming up.
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