'That singing post-operation must have done wonders!' SBW pinpoints vocal skills as key to rapid recovery

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams says he feels blessed to return to training so quickly after his recent knee surgery, pinpointing his singing as the medicine behind his miraculous recovery.

Williams underwent keyhole surgery on his right knee two weeks ago after he aggravated an old injury during the All Blacks' final team camp before the three-Test series against France.

However, the 32-year-old was back out and running with teammates a mere 12 days after the operation.

The cross-code star is expected to available for NZ’s third Test against France in Dunedin. Source: 1 NEWS

"What a blessing to be back a little earlier than anticipated," he said on social media.

Williams went viral after the surgery thanks to a video he shared which saw him serenade hospital staff while still under the influence of medication.

He said the singing was his secret medicine to recovering so fast.

"That singing post operation must have done wonders on the knee... nah jokes too far," he said.

"Really enjoying my role helping my AB brothers prepare this week. Lessss Goooooooo!!"

Williams is not expected to participate in the series but will remain with the team to help the midfield.


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Watch: 'None' – Black Caps legend Brendon McCullum jokes about poor rugby skills during club footy match

Black Caps legend Brendon McCullum traded his bat and pads for a pair of rugby boots over the weekend, running out for Waikato club rugby side United Matamata.

McCullum, 36, said he was swayed by a friend to play for Matamata's B team.

He admitted he enjoyed playing first-five for the club and that the players were quick to embrace him as part of the team.

"The boys have been great accepting me since day one and we’ve had a bit of fun and it was nice to get a win," said McCullum.

He said he wasn't too fussed about playing in the backs and letting the forwards get through all the grunt work.

"I was pretty happy to sit back and watch it all unfold."

When asked about whether he still possessed the rugby skills he had as a youngster the former Black Caps captain said, "none".

Matamata defeated Taupiri 29-18 on Saturday.

McCullum was an exceptional rugby player in his youth, picked ahead of All Blacks great Dan Carter as the preferred first-five in the South Island secondary schools team in 2000. 

He was the first New Zealander to score 300 runs in a Test, reaching the feat against India at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in 2014.

He also skippered New Zealand to the 2015 Cricket World Cup final where his side lost to Australia by seven wickets after an incredible campaign.


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Watch: Jubilant France celebrate after beating Baby Blacks in U20s Rugby World Cup semi-final

The Baby Blacks were brave but ultimately outclassed as they lost to France 16-7 in the semi-final of the under 20s Rugby World Cup in Perpignan, France.

After a nervy start from both sides, the French began to dominate possession with French No.8 Jordan Joseph and tighthead prop Demba Bamba proving to be constant threats as ball runners.

French first five-eighth Louis Carbonel finally turned the dominance into some points with a penalty on 30 minutes.

The home side did miss a golden chance to extend their lead with virtually the last play of the first half when winger Matthis Lebel could not reel in a lovely cross-field kick from Carbonel.

France finally made the pressure count early in the second half with second five-eighth Romain Ntamack crossing for a try after 42 minutes.

As the second half developed, France began to exert their dominance at scrum time, with Carbonel kicking another penalty after 49 minutes

He added another after 63 minutes to give France a 16-0 lead.

The Baby Blacks, who had defended manfully for most of the match, finally came to life with just over 10 minutes left.

First five-eighth Harry Plummer scored after a nice passage before converting his own try to give New Zealand a sniff of victory.

Buoyed by their first try, the Baby Blacks launched a superb break that almost went the full length of the field, but a knock on from reserve hooker Ricky Jackson off the next phase cost New Zealand a second try in quick succession.

The mistake proved costly with New Zealand unable to add any further points despite repeatedly throwing caution to the wind.  

New Zealand will now face off against South Africa for bronze while France will play England after winning through to the final for the first time at this tournament.


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