8 Jun 2009

Sonny Bill says he's eligible for Australia

7:48 am on 8 June 2009

Rugby convert Sonny Bill Williams has revealed he is eligible to represent the Wallabies because he has an Australian grandmother, describing himself as "a bit Aussie".

Williams' maternal grandmother could mean he becomes a lot Aussie, with her nationality qualifying him to play for Australia under International Rugby Board regulations.

Williams played rugby league for New Zealand and has previously said he wants to play for the All Blacks,

However Australia and New Zealand pick players from only their Super 14 sides so he would need to return from Toulon in France.

Williams played his first rugby match on Australian soil when Barbarians lost 55-7 to the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday night.

All Black Luke McAlister played with Williams and says New Zealand rugby should do everything it can to secure his services.

McAlister says he'll be outstanding with a bit of guidance and skill work, and learning the game playing with good players.