Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill shares his tale for Pasifika youth

"It feels like I'm in politics right now," he laughs.

The superstar athlete yesterday shared some of the struggles he faced as a young Pasifika sportsman coming through the ranks - and what other Pacific youth could learn from those experiences.

Sonny Bill Williams returns for Hong Kong sevens

Pita Ahki also returns to the side after last playing for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. He was also a member of the 2013 World Cup sevens winning side.

Coach Gordon Tietjens said it was a tough selection after yesterday's trial.

Sonny Bill Williams left out of squad for Las Vegas Sevens

Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said in a statement he had chosen to rest Williams, following "pleasing" performances at tournaments in Wellington and Sydney, both won by New Zealand.

Tietjens also left out experienced back Sherwin Stowers when reducing his 14-strong travelling squad to 12 ahead of the three-day tournament starting on Friday.

Sydney Roosters trying to lure Sonny Bill Williams back - report

The Daily Telegraph reports the National Rugby League club has met with Williams' agent Khoder Nasser in the past week and will attempt to lure the headline grabbing All Black midfielder back to Bondi Junction with a lifetime contract.

Roosters boss Nick Politis wants Williams wearing a tri-colours jersey as soon as this year — and he's prepared to offer him a multi-million-dollar lifetime contract to make it happen.

Sonny Bill Williams, Cooper set for sevens showdown

Williams has been included in the New Zealand squad to play in Wellington this weekend, a strong pointer he will also feature in the inaugural Sydney 7s world series leg on February 6-7 at Allianz Stadium.

The All Blacks' World Cup champion has taken a season off Super Rugby to seek selection for the Rio Olympics, and his new coach, Sir Gordon Tietjens, says Williams is ahead of schedule in his transition to the seven-a-side game.

Sonny Bill Williams in New Zealand squad for Wellington Sevens

Williams is joined by three other rookies in Counties Manukau pair, Josh Van Lieshout and Sione Molia, and Hawke’s Bay’s Billy Ropiha who all impressed at the Bayleys National Sevens in Rotorua last weekend.

Van Lieshout and Sione Molia helped Counties Manukau to a first Bayley National Sevens title since 1995 after a stunning 54-14 victory over North Harbour in Sunday’s final.

Hard going for SBW in sevens training

The rugby star is one of a number of players from the fifteen-a-side game at an All Blacks Sevens' camp in Cambridge, hoping to crack the squad for the Rio Olympics.

Williams said he thought league pre-season was tough - but it was nothing compared to Tietjens' expectations.

Sonny Bill Williams meets his match in sevens guru Sir Gordon Tietjens

The code-hopping superstar has started preparations for his latest sporting quest - an Olympic sevens gold medal with Tietjens and co in Rio this year.

And judging by his latest post on Twitter, the transition to the abbreviated format has certainly been an eye-opener for 'SBW'.

Flood of online support for Sonny Bill Williams' graphic pics

The popular All Black tweeted the two pictures, which Stuff has chosen not to publish due to their graphic nature, on Tuesday evening along with the caption: "What did these children do to deserve this? This summer share a thought for the innocent lives lost everyday in war."

The tweet comes less than a month after Williams' return from visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon as a Unicef ambassador.