Williams eyes further All Blacks success
December 13, 2011
Ali Williams revels in the post-World Cup celebrations © Getty Images
New Zealand lock Ali Williams has rubbished suggestions he will retire following the All Blacks' victorious World Cup campaign.
The 30-year-old lock failed to dislodge the partnership of Sam Whitelock and Brad Thorn, but following his injury plagued lead up to the 2011 tournament, he is not ready to end his campaign to be the side's number one lock once again. Williams turned out for English Championship side Nottingham prior to playing for the Blues in the latter part of their 2011 Super Rugby campaign in a bid to prove his fitness to All Blacks coach Graham Henry.
And with New Zealand aiming for further glory in the 2015 World Cup Williams harbours hopes of continuing for as long as possible in the famous all-black strip. "I really want to continue to play for the All Blacks for as long as I can," Williams told skysports.com. "At 30, I think I have a few years left in me to help grow the All Blacks legacy."
And Williams believes the World Cup triumph was an important milestone for the country. "Not only was it an exciting time for New Zealanders, but to lift the burden of not winning the World Cup for 24 years was a huge relief," he said. "To officially have something to show for being No.1 after all these years brought a lot of satisfaction and happiness. It was also good for our economy as we eat, sleep and drink rugby in this country.
"The most memorable and enjoyable moment was when the whole squad came together on the podium after the final. Jumping around and celebrating with the team and with the whole country was very special and something I will never forget."
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