• SBW makes winning return

    Sonny Bill Williams played 20 minutes off the bench upon his return to rugby union as Counties Manukau beat Auckland 41-18 in Pukekohe on Wednesday.

    Williams, who spent two years with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, played at inside centre, making a couple of runs, a clever kick, and a quick pass that led to a try.

    His selection resulted in an 8,500 crowd, Counties Manukau's biggest of the season.

    Williams is expected to travel with the All Blacks on their end-of-year tour in November.

    VIDEO: Watch SBW's return

    Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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    Simon Borchardt