Watch: 'I don't know what you are trying to say' - tetchy SBW abruptly cuts interview about sevens short

Sonny Bill Williams caught reporters off guard today when he decided to cut his interview short, walking off seemingly not happy with some of the questions that were fired his way.

Williams was in South Auckland earlier today with former NZ Sevens captain Karl Te Nana promoting the New Zealand Sevens tournament in Hamilton next year.

The cross-code star was asked about the current state of sevens in New Zealand and whether the shift to Hamilton will help re-boost the tournament and fans' interest.

"I don't know what you are trying to say but I think from a public point of view like I said two thirds of the tickets have already been sold," said Williams.

"It's a great initiative from the NZR taking the tournament there (Hamilton). I can't wait to see the boys in action and hopefully in the next couple of years see the women get out there too."

Just as a reporter was in the middle of asking Williams another question, the All Blacks star interrupted her and cut the interview short.

The suspended superstar was put through his paces during an ABs gym session. Source: 1 NEWS

Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane and Israel Dagg met a large group of lucky fans before the first Bledisloe Test.

"Thanks guys, thank you," said Williams.

Williams was in Auckland with Karl Te Nana promoting next year's NZ Sevens Hamilton tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

The All Blacks superstar addressed rugby's stars of tomorrow in South Auckland yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS


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'We know what to expect' - Springboks skipper fires All Blacks warning

Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth has sounded an ominous warning to the All Blacks, as his side recover from a poor 2016 season.

South Africa are so far unbeaten in 2017, picking up five wins from five, with two impressive showings Argentina in the Rugby Championship, rising from seventh to third in the IRB's world rankings as a result.

As Etzebeth and his side prepare for the trip to take on Australia before facing the All Blacks at home, the Springboks' enforcer says that the fixtures will be key in determining the Southern Hemisphere's champion team.

"This coming tour is going to be massive, probably deciding the Rugby Championship," Etzebeth told Sport24.

We're confident, but more excited to see how we go against two of the best teams in the world. - Springboks captain Eben Etzebeth

"We're confident, but more excited to see how we go against two of the best teams in the world.

"We faced them in Super Rugby, so we are well prepared for them. We'll do a few touch-ups, but we play them every weekend in Super Rugby so we no what to expect."

Etzebeth was also adamant that the Springboks' recent surge up the world rankings wasn't stopping at rising to third place, targeting world number two England, before attempting to reel in the All Blacks.

"We're still not where we want to be."

"We all know where the Springboks want to be. From 7th to 3rd in five games is pretty good for us but we're still looking to climb that ladder two more spots."

The Springboks and All Blacks will come face to face in Albany on September 16, before the reverse fixture in Cape Town on October 7.

Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick.
Eben Etzebeth and Brodie Retallick. Source: Photosport


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Watch: 'I wasn't going to be a rocket scientist' - SBW on chasing his schoolboy rugby dream

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams spoke about his days as a schoolboy, adding that he always saw his future on the playing field rather than inside a book.

Speaking at a South Auckland school to promote the Hamilton Sevens yesterday, Williams was quizzed by former New Zealand captain Karl Te Nana about his school days.

"I was a really good student at school," Williams joked.

Williams was in Auckland with Karl Te Nana promoting next year's NZ Sevens Hamilton tournament. Source: 1 NEWS

"I really enjoyed it, but the one thing I got out of it was that I wasn't going to be a rocket scientist - I was gonna be a footy player."

"Whatever avenue you decide to go down, give it your whole heart and soul and you'll be ok," he advised the youngsters. 

The All Blacks superstar addressed rugby's stars of tomorrow in South Auckland yesterday. Source: 1 NEWS


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