COMMENT:

The love affair between Sonny Bill Williams and New Zealand rugby started on a Saturday afternoon in August 2010 when 4000 people crammed into the Belfast club ground, north of Christchurch, to watch him play for the home team against Lincoln University.

By coincidence, I saw Sonny Bill's arrival at Sheldon Park that day. A Christchurch friend John Harrison and I drove in behind him.

Sonny Bill was not in a Hummer, or a tinted window six litre Chrysler, but a modest white station wagon from which he quietly decamped to a changing shed built in the style of

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