Super Rugby
Sonny Bill cools injury fears
ESPNscrum Staff
January 24, 2011
Sonny Bill Williams takes the ball on at All Blacks training, New Zealand training session, Hong Kong, October 28, 2010
Sonny Bill Williams has cooled fears over a leg injury © Getty Images

Sonny Bill Williams has cooled fears that he will miss the start of the Super Rugby season with a leg injury.

The All Blacks centre, who is set for his first taste of action with the Crusaders in this season's expanded tournament, is currently unable to run due to the injury, which was sustained on international duty in November.

He is set to fight Australian Scott Lewis next Saturday night on the Gold Coast in his third bout as a pro boxer and has revealed that the New Zealand Rugby Union [NZRU] has no issue with the contest going ahead, despite the injury.

"It's not in my foot, it's in my [tibia]...and it was early signs of a stress fracture, it wasn't actually a full stress fracture," he told AAP. "They said it would take about six weeks to heal and I just wasn't allowed to run.

"The first thing I hit up was obviously if I could bounce around the ring, and it's obviously a lot softer than the grass and the pavement, so [the NZRU] were all sweet with it. I've been in close contact with the New Zealand doctor and it's all good."

The Crusaders kick-off their Super Rugby campaign against the Blues at Eden Park on February 19.

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