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Ali Williams - All Black

Ali Williams has represented Auckland and plays for the Blues in the Super 14, when he signed for the Tasman provincial side. In 2008, he played for the Crusaders in the Super 14 and in 2010 signed on loan for Nottingham Rugby in the Championship.

He has played for the All Blacks since 2002 and was in the All Blacks squad for the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Cups. In 2005, NZ Rugby Almanack chose him as one of its five players of the year. In December 2012, he was named as the captain of the Blues for the 2013 Super rugby campaign.

Williams did not begin playing rugby until 1998 when, aged 17, he played for the King's College Second XV.


He had already represented Auckland at junior level in soccer, tennis and cricket. In 1999, he was a member of the King's College First XV and at this stage he decided to concentrate on rugby. He began a business studies course at Auckland University of Technology, but after playing club rugby and spending time at the Auckland Rugby Academy, he was selected to make his first class debut for Auckland in an National Provincial Championship match against Taranaki on 24 August 2001.

The following year he was named in the Blues squad for the Super 12 and made his debut against the Hurricanes in the opening game of the season, on 22 February 2002. Later that year, he was selected for the All Blacks' year-end tour to England, France and Wales; he played in all three Test matches, making his international debut against England at Twickenham on 9 November 2002.
  

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