Deans nonplussed by Sonny Bill circus
October 20, 2010
Sonny Bill Williams has been the focus of a media frenzy © Getty Images
The Sonny Bill Williams circus may be the talk of New Zealand prior to the All Blacks' November tour of Hong Kong and Europe but Wallabies coach Robbie Deans remains nonplussed by the former league star's rise.
Williams could be set for a Test bow against Deans' charges in Hong Kong on October 30 after winning a maiden call-up to the All Blacks squad thanks to a strong provincial season with Canterbury.
"I wouldn't have any, you're talking to the wrong bloke," he deadpanned when asked for his views on Williams' selection.
Deans, a legend in Canterbury rugby, also refused to offer an opinion on whether the ex-Toulon midfielder will make his much-hyped debut in their Bledisloe Cup showdown. "Everyone they pick they intend to use at some point. I've got no idea mate, it doesn't concern me," he said.
The Wallabies re-assembled in Sydney on Wednesday to prepare for a taxing European tour of their own, one that will see them take on Wales, England, France and Italy in Tests as well as midweek fixtures against Leicester and Munster.
The only absentee from training at Erskineville Oval was Brumbies centre Matt Giteau, but Deans expects him to be back in action for Thursday's run-out. "He's got a bit of a problem with a tooth. I don't think it's anything too bad," Deans said. "He's a bit off colour. He'll be good to go tomorrow."
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