Internationals SBW asked to skip Tri-Nations

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From stuff.co.nz

by Neil Reid

Sonny Bill Williams will be asked to skip the season-ending Tri-series.

Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes revealed to Sunday News last night that club management wanted the league sensation to skip the Kiwis' title defence instead opting for a two-month layoff ahead of pre-season training.

"It's important we look after him - we have got a fairly large investment to protect," Folkes told Sunday News from Sydney.

"We haven't talked to Sonny Bill about the Tri-series yet."

But it is going to be a tough situation we are going to be in. No doubt a few months of rest on his knee would be pretty valuable to him.

"I know he likes playing for his country. It is going to be a tough decision.

"We will talk to him about it (giving the Tri-series a miss).

"We have to look after him -we have to do the right thing by him so he gets the opportunity to play as good as he possibly can."

Folkes' comments continue a bleak seven days for Williams.

He was given bereavement leave last week to return to Auckland for his grandmother's funeral.

Folkes' comments came a week after Williams revealed when he was at his lowest last year, sidelined with a knee injury, he feared his career was over.

Folkes said Williams had never shared those views with him.

But he said the injury had taken its toll.

"We don't see him all that much at training," Folkes said.

"He doesn't run a lot with us. He pretty much just does conditioning and ball work.

"We have to carefully manage him through the week. And that could be the case maybe for the rest of his career."

Williams was originally selected in the centres for today's clash against the Warriors after the dual suspensions of Matt Utai and Jarrad Hickey.

Last weekend he starred for the Bulldogs in the back row.

And he is expected to revert to the forwards again today after the late defection of Chris Armit to a shoulder injury.

"As Sonny Bill is getting a bit of match fitness and confidence, he is making more of an impact," Folkes said.

"He's played 10 games in a row now. He's getting back to his old self.

"It's all about playing for him. His match fitness is certainly improving and he's getting confidence from his continued game time."
 

warriors4life_old

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I think that is pretty poor, not allowing him to play for the Kiwis just so he can have a rest, he needs the match fitness, and then he can have a 3-4 month break over Christmas and summer.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Um steve folkes you better let him play for the kiwis or else your gona get it from pretty much all NZ lol!
 

JonB_old

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yeah it is absolute crap.
I can understand them wanting to protect there investment, and there way they can do that with more risk, like putting a time cap per game or playing every second game.
The fact is that the kiwis need SBW
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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Hands up who's surprised? Still waiting........still waiting........waiting.........waiting........I think I could be here for awhile.
 

MarkW_old

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If Sonny Bill were able to be picked picked for Origin, do you think his coach would be trying to rest him?

His career so far has been dogged with injuries and that's unfortunate. But potentially he could get hurt in any given tackle, no matter how many minutes per week he played.
You can only wrap a player up in cotton wool for so long... league is a tough game and players have to learn how to deal with the rigors of high impact footy on a week to week basis.
Look at Wiki - he's had his fair share of knocks, and he's still busting up defences in his 30s.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Grr i'm angry at the Bulldogs.

This happens to us every year..we never get the side we could possibly have beacause clubs are too scared of their players getting injured. IMO it is no different to him playing for the Bulldogs, theres just as much chance he can get injured playing for the Dogs, as he can for NZ. Yeah the Bulldogs pay him..so what!!.

We have a god damn title to defend!!
 

warriors4life_old

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I'd like to see players actually stand up to their clubs and say "I want to play" instead of always listening to their club in that regard. If the player is that good, which SBW is, they aren't going to get kicked out for standing up to play for their country.
 

2big2strong_old

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it's becoming a joke. A rugby league players ambition is to play for you country, there's no higher honour. Selfish old folkes is only ever concerned about HIS team. not the players dreams. i hate the dogs more and more every year. used to be a fan.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Bulldgos coaching stuff can F** off. Sonny plays for them, his injuries HAVE happened playing for them! He derserves to play for the kiwis and not just one off test. the reason he gets injured is due to fact he lacks match fitness he has to play games to fain that strength.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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There was 1 time in 2004 on the Tri Nations when he got injured playing for us but c'mon 1 time!!..he's been injured a zillion more times for the Doggies!!...gosh Folksey!!

I should send SBW a fan mail thro the Dogs website and tell him to play for us!! =)
 

warriors4life_old

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Anyway, found this today on the subject:

From sportal.co.nz

Folkes denies rumour

Canterbury coach Steve Folkes has cast aside rumours that his club will demand star New Zealand utility Sonny Bill Williams sit out this year's Tri Nations in October.

Folkes did concede that there was cause for concern regarding Williams' ongoing knee injury but said the Bulldogs had no intention of barring him from playing for the Kiwis at the end of the NRL season.

"Our concern would be more the workload he has while on tour rather than the actual playing of the games," Folkes told NZPA after his side's 22-18 last-gasp victory over the New Zealand Warriors.

"We've got to look after him at the moment. It's been well documented that his workload is handling the football and very little else, running wise."

"If we could be assured that he was going to be treated with those same sort of parameters...He wants to play for his country, there's nothing wrong with that."
 

*Kimmy*_old

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No affence to dearst Folksey..but is he thick or what??..ofcourse he is gunna be treated right..and stick to the same training etc, we want to look after him as much as the Bulldogs do. He played in the ANZAC test..he came out of it fine!!
 

2big2strong_old

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Go_The_Doggies said:
No affence to dearst Folksey..but is he thick or what??..ofcourse he is gunna be treated right..and stick to the same training etc, we want to look after him as much as the Bulldogs do. He played in the ANZAC test..he came out of it fine!!
dunno, ITS YOUR STUPID TEAM! :Evil or Very Mad:
 

*Kimmy*_old

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2black2strong said:
Go_The_Doggies said:
No affence to dearst Folksey..but is he thick or what??..ofcourse he is gunna be treated right..and stick to the same training etc, we want to look after him as much as the Bulldogs do. He played in the ANZAC test..he came out of it fine!!
dunno, ITS YOUR STUPID TEAM! :Evil or Very Mad:
Yes it is my stupid team but i still heart them muchly!!..even if they do pee me off at times.
 

commonsense_old

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honestly if sbw can get through the rest of the NRL season unscathed his body should be able to handle the month-long tournament of the tri-nations. unless there is injury problem, there is no reason for him to miss to play for NZ. none of this risk bs. they dont mind letting big name players like mason or omeley play in origin and in the tri-nations.

it would take a lot to stop sonny from playing for nz. he is a proud kiwi.
 

Swanley_old

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hmmm fun and games already.

I was very surprised that the Tigers let Benji play.

SBW, barring injury, will play for the Kiwis.

If Folkes thinks that the Kiwis won't listen to the Dogs re training, then he is mad.

It is our, SBW and the Dogs best interest if we look after him.

Gives us a break Steve, we were not born yesterday......
 

2big2strong_old

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i was talking to sonny in the off season and he said they've told him he's not allowed to do shoulder charges anymore. looks like he's slowed down but he still goes for them. he's got passion in the Kiwi's jersey more than some, he'll be there
 

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