Internationals Bulldogs wont risk Sonny

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IT HAS BEGUN ...

https://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3632633a10713,00.html


he Bulldogs will insist club doctor Hugh Hazard assesses superstar utility Sonny Bill Williams before he is passed fit to play for New Zealand in the Anzac Test next month.

Williams has battled injury throughout his short career and is yet to take the field in 2006 because of a nagging foot injury. He is expected to make his season debut against Souths on Easter Monday.

The Bulldogs and the Kiwis have butted heads before over injuries to players, in particular to Williams and Matt Utai, and there may be another club-versus-country showdown before the first representative game of the season in Brisbane on May 5.

Kiwi coach Brian McClennan has indicated he will choose New Zealand's most exciting player even if he has had little game time.

If Williams plays against the Rabbitohs, he will have only three games to prove his fitness before the Kiwi team is picked on April 30.

The Bulldogs have treated him carefully to ensure he shakes off the injuries that have dogged his short but explosive career.

"We would want to be sure that Sonny Bill is 110 per cent fit if New Zealand pick him for the Anzac Test," Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad said.
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"And we would certainly insist that he is assessed by our own doctor, Hugh Hazard, before he is passed fit to play.

"We would have to be convinced that he is totally injury free.

"Having said that, we fully support international rugby league and we don't want to prevent our players from reaching the pinnacle of the game and playing for their countries.

"But you have to consider the player's long-term future and we want him to get out there and play at the best possible standard."

McClennan's side dethroned the Kangaroos as the kings of international rugby league for the first time in three decades with a 24-0 win in the Tri Nations final in England in December.

After losing Benji Marshall to injury on Friday night, he will be especially keen to ensure Williams and his other Kiwi NRL players are available for the Test.

McClennan knows he needs to take a few risks to beat the Australians and he is not afraid to make unorthodox choices as shown by his decision to pick Jake Webster and Manu Vatuvei for the tour last year.

"We will be picking the best 17 we can," McClennan said.

"We will give consideration to all players who are fit and available. The Kiwis who played on the tour last year deserve to be considered but there were some players who were not on that tour and the team will be very much picked on form."

McClennan said he would be keeping a close eye on the progress of Williams when he returned from injury. The Kiwis will need all the ammunition they can get considering the Kangaroos will be keen to send Andrew Johns out a winner in his farewell Test.

"Sonny Bill Williams is an outstanding player and I can't wait for him to get back out on the field," McClennan said.

"Myself and the rest of the Kiwi people are really hoping he can get out there and enjoy himself again because he really deserves that and the fans deserve that, too.

"He has had a real tough run and we're hoping things will turn around for him.

"He needs to be managed back into the game and we're hoping he can soon play the type of football we all know that he can."

Williams's manager Gavin Orr is adamant his client wants to play for the Kiwis in the Test. "If he is fit he wants to play," he said.

"There are a lot of hidden pressures on Sonny Bill.

"He wants to get out there for himself and the sponsors want to see him out there. But most important of all, the fans do and that's not just Bulldogs fans - it's all rugby league fans."
 

*Kimmy*_old

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I completely agree. I wouldnt want him to get injured. And it wouldnt help NZ or the Bulldogs the slightest. So yes..make sure he is 120%
 

warriors4life_old

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3 matches I think is sufficient enough to get some match fitness and then hopefully he'll be right for the ANZAC test.
 

JonB_old

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Go_The_Doggies said:
I completely agree. I wouldnt want him to get injured. And it wouldnt help NZ or the Bulldogs the slightest. So yes..make sure he is 120%

If league is going to grow the best have to be available to play, simple as that, if it is good enough for him to play for the doggies at 85% as it is put then if he is selected to make the kiwis at 85% he should play, as simple as that.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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So you'd rather him get injured...then possibly be out for the tri nations???
But yes i do know where you are coming from. But at the end of the day...The Bulldogs page his wages...and boy hes getting alot lol. And they have the last say...sadly!!
 

Swanley_old

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For a test match, players need to be 100% fit.

If he plays at 85%, then there are chances of getting injured.

If he survives 3 games before the test, then he gets selected for the test.
 

Northern_Union

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JonB said:
Go_The_Doggies said:
I completely agree. I wouldnt want him to get injured. And it wouldnt help NZ or the Bulldogs the slightest. So yes..make sure he is 120%

If league is going to grow the best have to be available to play, simple as that, if it is good enough for him to play for the doggies at 85% as it is put then if he is selected to make the kiwis at 85% he should play, as simple as that.

Damn i had to double check who posted that then lol. I'm with you 100% JonB. Your dead right with what you say.
 

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if it is good enough for him to play for the doggies at 85% as it is put then if he is selected to make the kiwis at 85% he should play, as simple as that.

Agree with that mate. If the Dogs dont think he's fit enough, he shouldnt be playing for them. It's alright for them to risk him, but not us??

Wonder who else we'll see unavailable in the next few weeks.....ive got my money on Frank Prichard or the Pulutua boys, Penrith gave a shit in last years triseries, cant see anything changing.
 

danco_old

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the aussies will try every trick in the book to beat us but we need our best team injury free,
 

Wiki_old

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If he plays for the Dogs, he can play for the Kiwis.

And Bluey said exactly that on the news the other night.
 

one-eyed-warrior_old

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If he cant play we got alot of good talent anyway, im more worried about the halves.
 

ieLzee_old

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what are the chances that a kiwi with be suspended for the anzac test! happens every year!..they try every trick in the book
 

warriors4life_old

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From rleague.com

Injury prone Bulldogs forward sensation Sonny Bill Williams will make his long awaited return to Rugby League after nearly a year on the sidelines.

Williams only played five matches in the Telstra Premiership last year where he was injured in three of those.

The return of Williams will be a huge boost for the Bulldogs but questions remain how long he can last for?

Williams bursted onto the scene in 2004 where his early rise was such that he won selection in the New Zealand Test side. He suffered a major ankle injury in Round 8 just after the Test but came back in time for the Bulldogs charge into the Finals where he was a leading player in the Preliminary Final victory against Penrith and the Grand Final triumph over the Roosters.

Williams carried the Kiwis during their ill-fated 2004 Tri Nations campaign where they became a one-man team.

The Bulldogs sent over a depleted side for the World Club Challenge but Williams carried the team on his own back and nearly pulled the match out of the fire inspiring a great comeback.

Unfortunately injuries have hit Williams and any attempts at a return have been thwarted until now.

The official team list for the Bulldogs hasn't yet been sent through but it's likely that Williams will replace Jon Green on the bench with Brent Sherwin still to remain in Premier League. Adam Perry and Nate Myles are likely to retain their spots despite recent poor form with the Bulldogs Premier League side struggling to the point where a good performance will be where they don't concede 50 points in a match.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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*is nervous* ... i have butterflies. CAN YA BLAME ME lol...i hope he doesnt get injured .. *has the faith* ... sheesh ima have grey hairs by next year lol!!
 

fiamacho_old

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Sonny Bill should not play the Anzac Test he needs more gametime and not thrust into a game of that magnitude.
 

IanS_old

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I honestly don't see the point in risking these guys in the ANZAC game. I'd much rather see them all fit and well for the tri-nations instead.

Unfortunately, you just can't trust these bastards then either.
 

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