Ex-All Blacks Sevens star Sonny Bill Williams earns Bachelor’s Degree

By Michael Hudson

Former All Blacks Sevens star Sonny Bill Williams has achieved another milestone in his life after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management (Sport Management) with Distinction.

Williams started preparing for life after rugby when he and 10 other teammates enrolled at Otago Polytechnic in Auckland to study for a bachelor’s degree in Applied Management last year.

And an excited Williams announced his graduation through a Twitter post in which he wrote “Yes a Pacific Islander, boxer, league, sevens & rugby player can GRADUATE! Don’t ever let anyone pigeonhole you. Alhamdulillah [all praise is due to Allah alone].”

Williams played for the All Blacks Sevens in their 2016 Rio Olympics campaign, taking one year off 15s, but has since returned to his centre role with Auckland Blues and New Zealand.

Sometime last year, Williams revealed he was working on some things off the pitch and that he needed to acquire more knowledge.

“I’m 34 next year, I’m just happy doing what I love doing,” he was quoted saying on Sunday Night with Matty John’s show by the New Zealand Herald. “I’m really concentrating on things off the field. I really want to affect my people, the Pasifika people and with that comes responsibility.

“I need more knowledge in that field which I’m doing, I’m studying, I’m doing my coaching degree, so I don’t know. A: I’ve got to keep the wife happy, but B: if I do play on, it will have to be in a place where I can still have a voice.”

Williams has won 47 caps for New Zealand’s 15s side and was part of the teams who won the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups  He is recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his knee but is hoping to be part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad in Japan later this year.

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