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Old 08-11-2011, 10:04 AM   #2836
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by JAMIE PANDARAM - Stuff.co.nz - 10th August 2011

The Waratahs have emerged as shock contenders for the signature of Sonny Bill Williams next year, as the Kiwi superstar considers walking away from the All Blacks after the World Cup.

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While Williams has verbally agreed to stay in New Zealand for another 12 months, he has yet to sign with the New Zealand Rugby Union and there is no contractual obligation blocking a defection to NSW, where he could become the face of the game in Sydney.

The NZRU yesterday said Williams had signed with them, but the Sydney Morning Herald understands he has given them only a verbal guarantee.

The Waratahs approached Williams' management about a deal last month. At that time they were told he was tied up for next year, but things seem to have changed dramatically given he has failed to sign with a Kiwi Super Rugby team.

''We have still got a spot or two in our squad,'' Waratahs chief executive Jason Allen said.

''If the question is would we ever want him in our squad if we could fulfil any financial demands - of course, without a doubt. We would be thrilled, he would be a real asset here. I think we have a pretty strong program to support him.''

It is also understood that should Super Rugby champions Queensland approach Williams, he would strongly consider it due to his desire to play alongside close friend Quade Cooper.

When he agreed to remain in New Zealand four weeks ago, Williams said: ''I'm committed to staying here for another year. It's due to the fact that the amount of support that I've got back in New Zealand has been pretty humbling. At this stage it's just one more year but things could change.''

He was expected to have already picked a Super Rugby team for next season, and signed both the Super Rugby and NZRU contracts. Alarm bells have started ringing in recent days.

Williams has already told the Crusaders he will be leaving them, but speculation over whether he would join the Blues or Chiefs has taken a twist with the revelation he is not bound to sign for either team.

A number of issues are causing Williams to question his future. He has received minimal game time in the All Blacks' Tri Nations games, despite starring for the Crusaders.

Williams finished the Super Rugby season leading all players for offloads, was second to Cooper for linebreak assists, and was 13th overall for run metres.

No other Tri Nations centre came close to Williams's offload and linebreak assist figures.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has been reluctant to split the successful centre pairing of Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith. But when he was courted by the All Blacks, Williams was told that if he performed well he would be given the opportunity to usurp the status quo, a major reason why he spurned multimillion dollar offers from elsewhere to chase his World Cup dream.

Questions also remain over Williams' decision to leave the Crusaders despite playing alongside All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw and five-eighth Daniel Carter.

It is known that Williams had been shaken by the deadly earthquakes that struck the city earlier this year and will force the Crusaders to again play their home games away next year with AMI Stadium badly damaged.

Williams's mother lives in Auckland, fuelling speculation he wants to move to the Blues - coincidentally where Nonu will be playing next year.

But Williams has previously enjoyed the Sydney lifestyle, having spent much of his early professional career here playing for the Bulldogs in the NRL. He is also extremely keen to play alongside Cooper. The two players share the same agent, Khoder Nasser.

Nasser would not be drawn into hypotheticals last night, only saying: ''We have given the NZRU an agreement that Sonny will be there next year.''

Nasser's plan was for Williams and Cooper to be presented as a dual package signing for NRL and overseas rugby clubs in 2013.

The possibility of Williams giving up his All Blacks jersey will cause waves in New Zealand one month out from the World Cup.
Cooper will jump to League in 2013 and I wouldnt be be surprised in SB does the same.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:37 AM   #2837
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How the hell can the Titans afford 6 highly paid players?
By getting rid of 14, 6 of which are highly paid players and when I say highly paid I dont mean Sandow money
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Old 08-11-2011, 05:25 PM   #2838
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Big games of footy this weekend!
Warriors knights is a tough one that could leave the loser in a shaky position.

Go the rabbits! Another storming win this weekend and I might just have to believe that the finals are still within our grasp.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:08 PM   #2839
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Big games of footy this weekend!
Warriors knights is a tough one that could leave the loser in a shaky position.

Go the rabbits! Another storming win this weekend and I might just have to believe that the finals are still within our grasp.
tigers have the panters, sharks and titans... we will win all 3 and you guys will miss out unless the knights or warriors have a brain snap
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How the hell can the Titans afford 6 highly paid players?
Idris, Prince, Myles, Bird....who are the other 2? Bailey and someone?
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:40 PM   #2841
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gunna be a tough week for tippin' this week I reckon....Panthers/Tigers could go each way...same with Canberra/Souths and Bulldogs/Sharks...and Cow's/Broncs for that matter...
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:58 PM   #2842
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...I tipped the Tige's anyway..
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:23 PM   #2843
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tigers have the panters, sharks and titans... we will win all 3 and you guys will miss out unless the knights or warriors have a brain snap
Or Dragons lose all 4 matches and Souths win all 4 and finish on 30 competition points Dragons are on 29.
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:52 PM   #2844
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Idris, Prince, Myles, Bird....who are the other 2? Bailey and someone?
Champion??
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:08 AM   #2845
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Idris, Prince, Myles, Bird....who are the other 2? Bailey and someone?
The highly paid players for next year would probably be...Prince, Bailey, Harrison, Idris, Myles, Bird & Minichello, I would assume that's not diff to any other club.

I wouldnt think Titans scored Champion, Sezer or Douglas at a high rate
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...I tipped the Tige's anyway..
yep, and he will not get sacked because league has become a hypocrisy in regard to player punishments

but if your a fringe player like Dane Laurie, you will get ousted by Gus after a single beer on the flight to NZ

elite players can do as they please, because they are too valuable, but if your a c level first grader then you might as well become a teetottler because one slip up and your done
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yep, and he will not get sacked because league has become a hypocrisy in regard to player punishments

but if your a fringe player like Dane Laurie, you will get ousted by Gus after a single beer on the flight to NZ

elite players can do as they please, because they are too valuable, but if your a c level first grader then you might as well become a teetottler because one slip up and your done
...it's just like Oporah's left tit...it ain't fair..and it ain't right..
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...it's just like Oporah's left tit...it ain't fair..and it ain't right..


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Old 08-12-2011, 02:44 AM   #2849
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tigers have the panters, sharks and titans... we will win all 3 and you guys will miss out unless the knights or warriors have a brain snap
The loser of warriors/knights is the more likely scenario. Both teams have a hard run home. Hopefully it's the knights that lose and we end up playing them for a spot in the 8 last round.

A solid win this week, the ass back next week and we'll Rollin!
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The highly paid players for next year would probably be...Prince, Bailey, Harrison, Idris, Myles, Bird & Minichello, I would assume that's not diff to any other club.

I wouldnt think Titans scored Champion, Sezer or Douglas at a high rate
James would be middle range price as well. Lafranchi?

Idris wouldn't have been a cheap buy at all. Titans were already on report of salary cap breaches weren't they?
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