Sonny Bill Williams hamstrung on eve of fight

22:54, Feb 06 2012
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Sonny Bill Williams stretches before his bout with Scott Lewis.
Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams stretches in the locker room ahead of his third professional bout.
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Picking a new tune on his iPod, Sonny Bill Williams relaxes before his fight.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis puts up his defence as Sonny Bill Williams looks to attack.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Opening up, Sonny Bill Williams looks to use his reach advantage against Scott Lewis.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Scott Lewis glances Sonny Bill Williams with a punch.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Forklift driver Scott Lewis connects with a left to the cheek of Sonny Bill Williams.
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Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis hug it out.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a press conference at Tony Mundine Gym.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis
Sonny-Bill Williams connects with an uppercut during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny-Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
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Gary Gurr throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
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Sonny-Bill Williams throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
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Sonny Bill Williams poses on the scales at the official weigh-in against Ryan Hogan in the under card to the Anthony Mundine and Jorge Miranda fight.
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Sonny Bill Williams knocks out Ryan Hogan.
Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams throws a punch at Ryan Hogan.

On the eve of his New Zealand heavyweight title fight tomorrow night, Sonny Bill Williams has revealed he suffered a hamstring tear training under the former Sydney Roosters sprint coach Roger Fabri.

While Williams insists the injury has not hampered his preparations for the bout against the former NFL hopeful Clarence Tillman, news that he had been training under Fabri will only heighten speculation he is set to join the Roosters next season. Fabri has teamed up with the Roosters' captain, Braith Anasta, to establish the Speed Agility Academy and he trains a number of players from the Bondi club.

Parramatta duo Reni Maitua and Willie Tonga, who played alongside Williams at the Bulldogs and remain close friends of the World Cup winning All Black, also do sprint training under Fabri.

POSER: Sonny Bill Williams during a studio shoot.
STAUNCH SUPPORT: Sonny Bill Williams welcomes Anthony Mundine to Toulon training.
TIGHT LIPPED: Sonny Bill Williams on the Toulon training pitch.
GETTING READY: Sonny Bill Williams at training with his new Toulon rugby club in France.
SHADES: Sonny Bill Williams.
SEEING THE BACK OF... Sonny Bill Williams during a photoshoot.
LOOKING BACK: A portrait shot of Sonny Bill Williams.
ARMED AND READY: Kiwis rugby league player Sonny Bill Williams.
SUNSHINE: Sonny Bill Williams at Belmore oval where the Canterbury bulldogs were having a light training session.
RELAX: Sonny Bill Williams at south Maroubra beach being photographed for a sun glasses advertisment.
GOING UNDER: Sonny Bill Williams in the surf at Cronulla beach.
WARRIOR: Sonny Bill Williams performs the haka.
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SHING THROUGH: Sonny Bill Williams in action during the Centenary Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
GET THE MESSAGE: Australia's Billy Slater gets dragged by New Zealands Sonny Bill Williams.
ON THE RUN: Sonny Bill Williams sets off on one of his trademark runs in a Bulldogs vs Parramatta Eels game at the Telstra Stadium.
THROUGH AND THROUGH: Sonny Bill Williams in action during the NRL Round 23 rugby league match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and Canterbury Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium.
UNSTOPPABLE: Sonny Bill Williams fakes to pass, then completes his hat-trick of tries as he strolls over the try line, during a Cantebury Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders game.
PAST: Bulldogs player Sonny Bill Williams during training at Westpac Stadium.
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BACK IN BLACK: Sonny Bill Williams playing in his first Tri-Nations test for the Kiwis takes on a couple of Australian tacklers.
Code-switching rugby player Sonny Bill Williams made his professional boxing debut with a second round knockout over Garry ''The Baboon" Gurr in Brisbane.
SMASHED HIM BRO: Code-switching rugby player Sonny Bill Williams made his professional boxing debut with a second round knockout over Garry ''The Baboon" Gurr in Brisbane.
All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
SMILE-BILL WILLIAMS: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
TOUGH WORK: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
SPARKLING: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
AUTUMN LEAVES: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
STEPPING OUT: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
THE THINKER: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
ARMED: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
Ex-rugby league stars Sonny-Bill Williams and Brad Thorn joke around during the Captain's Run before the All Blacks test against England at Twickenham.
CONVERTS: Ex-rugby league stars Sonny-Bill Williams and Brad Thorn joke around during the Captain's Run before the All Blacks test against England at Twickenham.
Sonny-Bill Williams (right) celebrates after winning the Ranfurly Shield with Canterbury against Southland.
SHIELD WIN: Sonny-Bill Williams (right) celebrates after winning the Ranfurly Shield with Canterbury against Southland.
Sonny-Bill Williams stretches out during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
AND STRETCH: Sonny-Bill Williams stretches out during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
Sonny-Bill Williams during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Sonny-Bill Williams during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
Sonny-Bill Williams leaves England's Shontayne Hape and Mike Tindall behind as he makes a break during the All Blacks win over England at Twickenham.
MAKING A BUST: Sonny-Bill Williams leaves England's Shontayne Hape and Mike Tindall behind as he makes a break during the All Blacks win over England at Twickenham.
All Blacks Hosea Gear and Sonny-Bill Williams walk through the streets of Edinburgh after a recovery session ahead of the test against Scotland.
BRAVING SCOTLAND: All Blacks Hosea Gear and Sonny-Bill Williams walk through the streets of Edinburgh after a recovery session ahead of the test against Scotland.
All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu celebrate after Nonu scored a goal in a game of indoor football during a recovery session in Edinburgh during the team's buildup a test against Scotland.
IT'S A GOAL: All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu celebrate after Nonu scored a goal in a game of indoor football during a recovery session in Edinburgh during the team's buildup a test against Scotland.

''I always wanted to do a bit of pure speed training and Reni and Willie said he was all right so I did some work with him,'' Williams said.

''I hadn't done speed work since I was 18 so it was good but I went a bit too hard one day after 10 rounds of sparring the night before and pulled my hammy.

''When I was in Sydney I was doing a bit of speed during the day because it was relevant to my rugby and at night I would do boxing.''

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Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
SBW returns to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams helped at a sparring session by former Australian boxing great Tony Mundine, father of Anthony Mundine.
Sonny Bill Williams sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams works the big bag during a sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a sparring session in Auckland.

Williams, who quit the Bulldogs to play rugby four years ago, is contracted to the NZRU until the end of the season and will play super rugby for the Chiefs.

''The coaching staff and everyone at the Chiefs have been really understanding and great as to what I need to do for training and things like that,'' Williams said.

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