Code-hopper Williams looks set to be included in the All Blacks’ squad in November despite not playing in NZ’s domestic rugby competition.
Sonny Bill Williams looks set to be included in the All Blacks’ end of year tour squad after being granted a special dispensation.
Williams will rejoin rugby union when his two-year deal with the Sydney Roosters expires at the end of the season, and he may not play a domestic union game before the tour squad is selected.
New Zealand Rugby has granted the 29-year-old an exemption to be selected without having played in the National Provincial Championship.
NZ Rugby boss Steve Tew said the All Blacks coaching staff were able to select Williams should they want him in the squad.
Williams has signed to play for Counties Manukau the New Zealand domestic competition, however with the Roosters assured a place in the NRL finals, his availability is in doubt.
The All Blacks’ end of year tour begins against the United States in Chicago on November 1, followed by matches against England, Scotland and Wales.