The door is open for Sonny Bill Williams to play on the end-of-year tour but a decision won’t be made until the All Blacks coaches have a better idea of his likely physical state.
Williams has signed to play for the Chiefs in 2015 but could be taken to the US and Europe in November this year as part of the All Blacks’ likely 31-man squad.
Currently with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, Williams’ league commitments could finish as early as September 6 if the defending champions fail to make the playoffs but he could also still be playing on October 4 if they make it back to the grand final.
The All Blacks play their final Rugby Championship match at Ellis Park on the same weekend as the NRL grand final, then face the Wallabies in Brisbane on October 18.
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