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- 11 Oct 2013
Sonny Bill Williams has informed the NZRU and the Chiefs that he will not be returning to rugby union in 2014.
Williams met with NZRU general manager of professional rugby Neil Sorensen and Chiefs coaches Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith in Sydney on Thursday. It was initially believed that he was finalising a deal to return to the Chiefs ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season, a return that would put him in contention for a place in the All Blacks squad.
However, the NZRU has now released a statement to say that Williams won't be back, at least not in 2014.
'This is disappointing but we know we put our best foot forward and, in the end, Sonny has made his decision,' said Sorensen. 'As we do with many players who leave New Zealand, we will continue to keep the lines of communication open with him about his playing career.'
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said: 'While we are disappointed that Sonny won't be with us in 2014 now, we'll be keen to keep talking to him about future options.'
Williams will play for the Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup, and subsequently for the Sydney Roosters in the 2014 edition of the National Rugby League.
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