Sonny Bill Williams gets All Black ribbing

ABREAST OF THINGS: All Blacks team doctor Deb Robinson rushes to the aid of Sonny Bill Williams.
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ABREAST OF THINGS: All Blacks team doctor Deb Robinson rushes to the aid of Sonny Bill Williams.

Sonny Bill Williams admits he has been copping it from his team-mates ever since he ripped his torn sleeve off during Friday night's All Blacks-Tonga match.

Williams was eventually given a replacement jersey brought to him by team doctor Deb Robinson, but his sleeveless jersey - and his removal of it to put the new one on - brought plenty of reaction from fans both at the ground and watching on television.

Adidas have sent the damaged hi-tech jersey to the manufacturers' headquarters in China to find out why it ripped so easily, but it will then be returned to Williams and put up for auction. The player is keen to put the proceeds towards one of his longest-running charities, the Violet Foundation for awareness of meningococcal disease in Australia.

But the hysteria caused, particularly among female fans, has seen Williams' All Blacks team-mates giving him a hard time and not sharing that enthusiasm for the moment.

"I could hear the boys giving me a hard time. In the heat of the moment I thought it was better ripped [right off] than staying on and obviously then I had to change my jersey, but I didn't think about it too much till I got back in the sheds afterwards and all the boys were giving me some stick.''

Williams said he hoped the jersey fetched plenty at auction.

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