30 Jun 2016

Ali Williams out of retirement

6:33 am on 30 June 2016

Former All Black lock Ali Williams is making a shock return to rugby.

The former All Black Ali Williams playing for European Champions Toulon.

The former All Black Ali Williams playing for European Champions Toulon. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Dan Carter's French club Racing 92 has announced that they've signed the former World Cup winner for next season.

The 35-year-old retired from the game in 2015 after a stint at Toulon - joining in 2013 and forming part of a formidable forward pack that included fellow All Black Carl Hayman.

Since then has been a television pundit but has now decided to return to the playing field for the Top 14 champions ahead of 2016/17.

Williams will join fellow former All Blacks Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Chris Masoe at Racing.

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