Beauden Barrett SBW grateful to end All Blacks career in bronze playoff

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Sonny Bill Williams didn’t want to play this week.

The reaction was natural. Fulltime had just confirmed the stunning end of New Zealand’s eight-year reign as Rugby World Cup champion. Williams was in the middle of Yokohama Stadium last Saturday, getting to grips with the All Blacks’ title defense crashing into an England wall. Out of the final, Williams didn’t want to play for third place.

“But within the space of five, 10 minutes, I flipped the script,” he says. “We’re all driven individuals and we were all very, very disappointed. I was disappointed. But a game doesn’t define who I am. So then I just took a step back. I shared a few words with Sammy (Cane, teammate) and just said how special it’s been throughout my career, being able to play with a guy like him. I saw other players as well, and I thought, ‘Well how good is this, we still get another week in camp together.’”

Williams will play on Friday in the bronze playoff against Wales in Tokyo, and bring to an end the most polarizing All Black career of modern times.

He freely admits he’s not to everybody’s liking. He’s been accused of being a mercenary, tagged as injury prone, and of costing the All Blacks the 2017 series against the British and Irish Lions.

Williams has switched between rugby league and rugby union three times and a fourth switch is on the c

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