kids encyclopedia robot

Sonny Bill Williams facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams August 2014 .jpg
Williams during a Rugby League Four Nations promotion, August 2014
Full name Sonny William Williams
Date of birth 3 August 1985 (1985-08-03) (age 35)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 110 kg (243 lb; 17 st 5 lb)
School Mount Albert Grammar School
Rugby league career
Position(s) Second row, Lock, Centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–08 Canterbury Bulldogs 73 (124)
2013–14 Sydney Roosters 45 (44)
2020– Toronto Wolfpack 0 (0)
Correct as of 17 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2004–13 New Zealand 12 (20)
Correct as of 17 August 2019
Correct as of 17 August 2019
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
All Black No. 1108
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–10 Toulon 33 (30)
2010–11 Canterbury 7 (20)
2011 Crusaders 15 (25)
2012–15 Chiefs 28 (30)
2012 Panasonic Wild Knights 7 (10)
2014–19 Counties Manukau 3 (0)
2017–19 Blues 18 (5)
Correct as of 30 August 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–19 New Zealand 58 (80)
Correct as of 2 November 2019
Correct as of 2 November 2019

Sonny William Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who plays as a forward for the Toronto Wolfpack in the Betfred Super League, and New Zealand at international level.

He is a former professional rugby union footballer and heavyweight boxer. He is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only 20 players to have won multiple Rugby World Cups.

Williams began his career in rugby league, and played as a forward over seven seasons in two spells in the National Rugby League (NRL), with the Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters. He has won 12 caps for New Zealand (the Kiwis) and won the RLIF Awards for Rookie of the Year in 2004 and International Player of the Year in 2013.

He first moved to rugby union in 2010 and had spells playing for Toulon in France, Canterbury, Counties Manukau, the Crusaders, Chiefs and Blues in New Zealand and Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan. He won 58 caps for New Zealand (the All Blacks), and was part of the teams that won the 2011 and 2015 World Cups. He has also played rugby sevens for New Zealand, competing in the 2015–16 World Rugby Sevens Series and the 2016 Olympics.

Williams has boxed professionally seven times, winning all of his heavyweight bouts. He was the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Association (WBA) International Heavyweight Champion, but was stripped of these titles after failing to respond to challenges.

Images for kids

kids search engine
Sonny Bill Williams Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.