League: TAB rethinks odds on Kiwis after SBW inclusion

Sonny Bill Williams. Photo / Getty Images
Sonny Bill Williams. Photo / Getty Images

The late addition of Sonny Bill Williams into the Kiwis team for the Rugby League World Cup has forced TAB bookies to re-think the odds.

Without Williams in the team, the Kiwis were priced at $4 to retain the title, the TAB's rugby league bookie Kevin Gutschlag said.

But his inclusion has seen the odds tightened to $3.75.

"The man is a winner, everything he gets involved in, with few exceptions, is successful,'' Mr Gutschlag said.

"We simply can't ignore his presence at this tournament and we had to make a price change as a result.''

Meanwhile, heavyweight prospect Joseph Parker, and possible future foe of Williams, remains an overwhelming $1.05 favourite to overcome ``King'' Afa Tatupu ($7.50) tomorrow night in Auckland.

TAB bookies believe Parker will end the fight very early in the piece with rounds one and two the most favoured.

- APNZ

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