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New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams has not been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup, despite incorrect reports that he was heading home due to a tournament-ending injury.
The two-time world champion was seen training with his right knee heavily strapped during their final training session in Chiba on Saturday, with former rugby commentator Hamish McKay claiming that an announcement would be made on Sunday afternoon confirming his departure from the squad.
McKay added that Ngani Laumape, the Hurricanes centre, would be called up in his replace, which would have come as the second changed to Steve Hansen’s squad in as many days following the loss of forward Luke Jacobsen.
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However, the All Blacks have dismissed the reports as incorrect, with a New Zealand Rugy spokesman saying: “The SBW reports are not true.”
It’s understood that not only is Williams remaining in Japan with the All Blacks, but his family are on their way to Tokyo to support him throughout the campaign that kicks off this weekend.
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