Sonny Bill proves All Blacks up for World Cup fight
SONNY BILL Williams' imminent return to the boxing ring hints at the desperation of the All Blacks in attempting to secure next year's World Cup on home soil and break their 24-year losing streak.
Graham Henry's men only secured the services of the freakish ex-League man on the understanding that Williams would be allowed to continue his boxing career.
Hence, he has announced a forthcoming fight which will clash with Crusaders' pre-season campaign, and there is nothing his provincial coach Todd Blackadder or Henry can do about it.
Having said that, the IRFU could also have their backs to the wall when their big stars start to feel the lure of the moneybags French teams after next year's World Cup campaign.