With the All Blacks squad cut from 39 to 34 for the Bledisloe Cup tests, and three more players to be culled for the World Cup squad, there is now more pressure than ever on Sonny Bill Williams to prove he deserves to be one of the four midfielders heading to Japan.

The big second-five did well to get through just under 60 minutes against a swarming Springbok defence in Wellington given his lack of recent game time and now the spotlight will be on what he can do for Counties-Manukau over the next fortnight.

He will be

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All Blacks squad for Bledisloe Cup