16 Apr 2013

Question marks over SBW availability

2:54 pm on 16 April 2013

A number of questions surround the unavailability of Sonny Bill Williams for Friday night's ANZAC league test against Australia in Canberra.

After the Roosters NRL match on Friday night, Williams said he was keen to play, however the Roosters medical staff then announced he had been ruled out because of a knee injury.

SBW will have an injection in his knee which means he won't be able to run for a week.

The question was then put to Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney, would Williams have been given the injection if there was club play this week and not a test. He says he believes that would have been the case.

Kearney has named 19-year-old Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, a Junior Kiwi last year, in his squad as 19th man.

Four players who missed the last test between the two countries, won by Australia 18-10 in Townsville last October, have been recalled - Alex Glenn, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Jason Nightingale and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, while Jeremy Smith was also recalled but will miss the match, as the Newcastle back-rower's been charged with a serious grade three dangerous head slam offence, which carriers a four- to six-week suspension penalty.