So Sonny Bill says he's going to play in the NRL because he made a handshake deal with some un-named person a few years ago that he would come back and play rugby league.
He says he wants to honour that handshake deal because he wants to keep " his word".
Then he reckons it's a pity he's leaving us, because he was really enjoying the Chiefs, going well in the team and it would be a real wrench to leave.
Does this guy think we'll think he's a genuine guy, because he's honouring a handshake deal? Keeping his "word"?
What about the actual contracts he's walked out in the last few years? The Bulldogs, Toulon and now the NZRU, for whom I was under the impression he was supposed to be on the payroll till the end of the year.
Keeping his word? Piffle.
He's nothing but an immoral, money-grabbing, and dishonorable piece of work, being manipulated by an appallingly greedy management team that have been way, way too clever for the naive coaches and administrators from New Zealand rugby.
I don't know which is more galling - to see the considerable investment that New Zealand rugby has put into this guy not reach its full potential, or the way the NZRU and Chiefs people have put on smiley faces as their investment goes off to that powerhouse of powder puff rugby, Panasonic, and wish him well with not even a mild complaint about his behaviour.
I'm old fashioned - a deal is a deal. He was supposed to play here till the end of the year, so he's broken that deal, for money and nothing else.
New Zealand Rugby is a soft touch when the bully boys come negotiating. It lies down and takes it.
It can't even enforce a deal to get him to play a few meaningful Test matches against the Wallabies and the Springboks.
The prospect of Sonny Bill Williams playing rugby in New Zealand again must be resisted at all costs. We want players for whom the game means something more than a way to make money - I think they actually go better on the field.
Williams will be remembered as a player for whom the game couldn't do enough. Frankly, he didn't do much in return.
He was an All Black before he deserved to be. He played four decent tests - one against Scotland in 2010 and three against Ireland this year. Oh, and I suppose you can say he went pretty well in those training runs against Japan and Canada at the World Cup.
He was never a factor in a test match that really mattered.
He had the chance to be one of the greats - he's blown it.
I now don't care about his future. I just don't want him around these parts again.
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