WELLINGTON – Sonny Bill Williams will not travel with the All Blacks for their final Rugby Championship match against Australia in Perth on Aug. 10, coach Steve Hansen said on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Williams will instead play for provincial side Counties Manukau and be brought back into the All Blacks squad for their Bledisloe Cup encounter with the Wallabies in Auckland the following week.
"He's going to play a couple of games over the next couple of weeks, which will be good," Hansen told reporters.
"He'll be available for Perth, but we're not going to take him. We're going to get him to play two, or three ... as many games as we can get in between there and Auckland."
The inside centre has suffered a string of injury over the last two years and his place in Hansen's World Cup squad was in jeopardy if he could not prove his match fitness during the southern hemisphere competition.