Par Gauthier Baudin
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Sonny Bill Williams. A distinct name for a player who will have marked his time in three different sports: the rugby à XIII then the rugby to XV and now boxing, his second passion. But it was in the middle of XV rugby that he posted the most trophies and experienced the most emotions. His quinzist career also began with Toulon, from 2008 to 2010. Double world champion 2011 et 2015 with the Everything blacks, the current consultant for australian television in neo-zealand has revealed the 5 opponents who are the most marked for the Sporting News site.
1. Jonny Wilkinson (England)
“I’m lucky to be able to say that I played with Jonny Wilkinson », is targeted “SBW”. The two men are side by side under the jersey of Toulonin 2008 to 2010. Avant ça, Wilkinson had offered the premiere World Cup to theEngland and won four Tournaments of the 6 Nationswag un Grand Chelem in 2003. “I saw the commitment he had in his matches, as in his training. When I played with him, he was at the peak of his art, but the way he got into rugby was unbelievable. J’ai beaucoup appris de lui », shared Sonny Bill Williams.
2. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)
The greatest legend in rugby history is at 2e place in the rankings by Sonny Bill Williams. «L’autobus» Jonah Lomu compte 63 selections avec les All black. In the 90s, his power traumatized more than one defender marked Sonny Bill Williams. “He was someone who stood out because, when I didn’t play rugby, I knew who he was. He had to look at his “highlights” to see to what extent what he was doing was crazy. Today, we don’t see any more players struggling to reach the goal by marching on 10 players, ”estimates the former three-quarters center of Toulon.
3. Thierry Dusautoir (France)
The only French on the list, and not the least, Thierry Dusautoir, ex-third line of Stade Toulousain (249 matches) and of Biarritz and former captain of XV of France (80 selections), figure on the podium of «SBW». “It was not just an incredible player, we could see his capital performances and the admirable way in which he rallied his players. He’s really someone I admire a lot, ”says Sonny Bill Williams. Thierry Dusautoir, aka “The Dark Destroyer”, is also one of the biggest players in French rugby with a European Cup and 5 French championships in his active, with Toulouse et Biarritz.
4. Kurtley Beale (Australia)
“He’s a player I’ve adored watching playing through the years, and I find he doesn’t have the recognition he deserves. It’s one of the best players – if not the best – for Australians in World Cup. With a palette technique followed, and out of the realm, c’est aussi un mec en or », points out Sonny Bill Williams or subject of Kurtley Beale. Currently engaged with the Karera 92, the wide range of the Waratahs was part of the latest Australian success in Super Rugby, during the 2014 edition. It counts 92 selections with the Wallabies.
5. Quade Cooper (Australia)
Another Australian international is in the top 5 of “SBW” and is the most sought after by the nation. Sonny Bill Williams, la New Zealand, namely the author Quade Cooper (34 years; 72 selections): “You just need to look at his best actions on a field to understand the talent he had. He can create something out of nothing, and I don’t think he has the recognition he deserves, ”explains the former center of Blue ones, des Crusades and des Leaders.
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