Sonny Bill is still a mum's boy at heart

Last updated 08:06 11/05/2008

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Sonny Bill Williams eased the pain of Friday night's crushing Test defeat by spending time yesterday with his mother, Lee.

The 22-year-old Kiwi superstar flew his mum to Sydney to watch him play against the Kangaroos at the SCG and they caught up before Lee returned to Auckland today.

"I wanted to bring my mother over for Mother's Day," Williams told The Sun-Herald. "She was pretty excited to come and I was excited to have her.

"I'm close to my mum and it's always special when you can do those things. I don't get to see her that often, maybe just a couple of times a year, so it's good to be able to spend time with her."

While his father John played league in New Zealand, Williams credits his mum for introducing him to the code, aged eight.

Lee's father, Bill Woolsey, is a legend in Auckland league circles. Lee's mother is Australian, which made Williams eligible to play for the Kangaroos had he so chosen.

"They say Aussies and Kiwis are like cousins and it's certainly that way in our own family," Lee said.

Despite having had reservations about letting her then 15-year-old son move to Sydney to become the Bulldogs youngest ever signing in 2002, Lee said she was happy with the way things had turned out.

"Of course I'd love him to come home but Australia is a pretty good place too," she said. "He's lucky because he's doing something he loves doing and there aren't many people who have got to where Sonny Bill has got."

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