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Sonny Bill about-turn leaves selectors puzzled
ESPN Staff
October 9, 2013
Sonny Bill's future in rugby union is still uncertain as he decides to participate in the Rugby Leage World Cup © Getty Images
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Sonny Bill Williams' change of heart regarding the Rugby League World Cup has resulted in the selectors looking at how he can be included in the team. New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney issued a statement on the situation on Wednesday morning.

"Late on Tuesday, Sonny Bill Williams expressed his desire to play for the Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup. Our thinking had always been that if Sonny was available, he would be part of the team. We are now exploring options around Sonny's possible inclusion in the tournament. This would require ratification by the World Cup organisers," Kearney said.

The maximum number of players in a World Cup squad is 24, so if Williams is included retrospectively it would be at the expense of another squad member.

The Roosters star had told Kearney on Tuesday that he would be unavailable for the Rugby League World Cup as he had "other commitments", which was the biggest indication that he was planning to switch codes.

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