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The Rock answers Sonny Bill Williams' New Zealand Sevens injury SOS
Tom Hamilton
April 26, 2016
© (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MTV)

WWE and Hollywood star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is ready to answer New Zealand Sevens' injury crisis after taking up an offer from Sonny Bill Williams via Twitter.

Johnson revealed on Twitter last week that he played rugby "as a kid" when he lived in New Zealand. He followed that up saying it was the "toughest sport" he'd ever played.

With the New Zealand Sevens side currently in the midst of an injury crisis, Williams tweeted Johnson asking if he could come to their rescue and received a positive response, though Johnson did give the caveat he may not be able to last the distance.

The Rock's rugby experience may be limited and the chances of this ever occurring less than minimal, but he was a promising American football prospect at defensive tackle, earning a full scholarship at the University of Miami. He joined the Hurricanes in 1991, a team that would go on to win the national championship.

Ahead of the last leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Singapore, New Zealand had Pita Ahki (shoulder), Sam Dickson (leg), Tim Mikkelson (ankle), and Lewis Ormond (foot) all unavailable.

In a further blow ahead of Rio 2016, Ardie Savea has declared himself unavailable for selection as he wants to focus on 15s and winning a spot in the All Blacks side.

© Tom Hamilton

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