Sonny Bill’s back in black

Sonny Bill Williams has officially signed with the New Zealand Rugby Union for 2015 and 2016.

Williams, who has played 19 Tests for the All Blacks, returned to Rugby League this year and was influential in the Sydney Roosters winning the NRL and the Kiwis making the World Cup final.

Williams was also named the world’s best Rugby League player in 2013.

Williams has put his boxing career on hold until after the 2016 Olympics and said his three goals in Rugby Union included winning another Super Rugby title with the Chiefs, making the All Blacks 2015 World Cup squad and also making the All Blacks Sevens squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

‘Sonny showed in his two years with New Zealand rugby that he is an outstanding talent and was a real asset to our game,’ said New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew. ‘We are delighted to have agreed terms, which will see him return to rugby in 2015.’

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said: ‘We’re rapt. We made no secret that we were keen to get Sonny back in a Chiefs. He’s not only a quality player but adds huge value to our environment off the field.’