20°C / 22°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 25°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 13°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 28°C
  • 15°C
  • Mon
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 20°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 19°C
  • Sat
  • 26°C
  • 20°C
  • Sun
  • 23°C
  • 18°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 23°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Thu
  • 31°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 32°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 11°C
  • Sun
  • 19°C
  • 10°C
  • Mon
  • 30°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 17°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 16°C
  • 12°C
  • Mon
  • 24°C
  • 12°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 29°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Mon
  • 29°C
  • 17°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 11°C
  • Fri
  • 29°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 30°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Mon
  • 29°C
  • 9°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 26°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 32°C
  • 14°C
  • Mon
  • 20°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 23°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 11°C
  • Mon
  • 22°C
  • 10°C

All Black Williams ready to rumble in Japan

Sonny Bill Williams promised he’d put in the hard yards to repay his mega-bucks transfer to Panasonic.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams passes the ball to his new team mates of Japanese rugby union team Panasonic Wild Knights in Tokyo on 1 September, 2012. Picture: AFP.

TOKYO - Boxing All Black Sonny Bill Williams promised on Saturday he would put in the hard yards to repay his mega-bucks transfer to Japan's Panasonic Wild Knights.

The 27-year-centre, who will earn around $1.2 million for his 12 weeks in Japan, sat out Panasonic's 44-13 win over Ricoh Black Rams in their Top League opener in Tokyo.

But Williams liked what he saw from his new team and is itching to make his debut after deciding to accept a lucrative contract to leave the All Blacks and Waikato Chiefs.

"It was a great deal and something I couldn't turn down," Williams told reporters a week after helping New Zealand thrash Australia 22-0 to retain the Bledisloe Cup.

"It was tough being in the stands watching the boys play," added Williams, who is also New Zealand's reigning heavyweight boxing champion.

"I'm going to have to work on my fitness a bit. It was a very fast game and the skill level was a lot higher than I thought it would be."

Williams pledged to prove cynics wrong by providing Panasonic value for their vast outlay in his short spell in Japan.

"My primary focus is to play well for Panasonic and help them go one step further than last year," said Williams, set to pocket $100,000 per appearance in Japan.

He is expected to make his debut for the club, Top League runners-up last year to Suntory Sungoliath, on 9 September against NTT Communications Shining Arcs in Sapporo.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus