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Sonny Bill Williams could make an unexpected last appearance for the All Blacks after fellow centre Conrad Smith was injured, NZRU chief Steve Tew said.
Williams, 26, was considered out of contention following his decision to do a stint in Japanese club rugby and then return to Australia's National Rugby League.
But Tew said selectors were considering Williams because Smith had been sidelined for six weeks after eye surgery for a detached retina, ruling him out of the opening matches of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship.
Richard Kahui is also out injured, leaving the All Blacks short of midfield experience for the opening matches of the tournament against arch-rivals Australia.Tew said that could open the door for Williams, whose New Zealand rugby career was expected to end some time in the next fortnight, depending on how far his team the Waikato Chiefs go in the Super 15 finals.
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