Kearney calls for Sonny Bill show

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has backed Sonny Bill Williams to prove it was the right decision to include him in his World Cup squad in Saturday’s final against Australia (New Zealand 5/2, draw 20/1, Australia 1/3 – Match Betting).

Williams was left out of the original party after telling the boss he had “other commitments” with it being speculated that he was preparing to move back to rugby union.

However, a swift u-turn saw him re-sign with the Sydney Roosters for 2014 and he was quickly drafted into the Kiwi squad in place of youngster Tohu Harris.

The 28-year-old only moved back to the 13-man code at the start of the year, following a spell in union which saw him help the All Blacks win the 2011 World Cup as well starring in the Chiefs successful 2012 Super Rugby campaign.

The second-rower has again been impressive during the ongoing tournament and picked-up the Rugby League International Federation player of the year award on Thursday, to continue his remarkable return to the game having helped the Roosters win the NRL.

Becoming a world champion in both forms of rugby would undoubtedly be a massive honour for the forward and Kearney has now challenged his star man to guide New Zealand (12/5 tournament outright) to glory in Saturday’s final at Old Trafford.

“I knew what to expect from Sonny,” Kearney said. “I’ve known him for a long time and what he brings to the table from the performance point of view and away from the field too.

“I knew that he was going to turn up and perform. That was never an issue. There is still one game to go and Sonny wants to make his biggest impact on Saturday.”

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