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Williams returning to union in 2015

AFP-JIJI

Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams said Sunday he will return to rugby union in 2015 after completing a second season with Australian National Rugby League champion Sydney Roosters.

Williams, 28, last week opted against returning to New Zealand rugby to instead spend another season with the Roosters, who beat Manly in last weekend’s NRL grand final.

But Williams, who flies to the United Kingdom with the Kiwis on Monday for this month’s rugby league World Cup, said he will go back to New Zealand in 2015 where he hopes to link up again with Super Rugby champions Waikato Chiefs, his championship-winning 2012 franchise.

Williams said he will also put his boxing career on hold for the next three years to focus on getting to the Rio Olympics with the New Zealand sevens side in 2016 — a year after helping the All Blacks try to retain the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales.

“It’s been a tough couple of days but I am happy to have my future sorted,” Williams told reporters at the New Zealand team training camp in Sydney.