SONNY BILL CONVERTS TO ISLAM
Sonny Bill Williams has announced that he has had a spiritual conversion to Islam. While rumours of the 25-year-old sporting superstar’s religious beliefs have circulated for some time, especially after he requested Jade Stadium be realigned to face Mecca, this is the first time this issue has been reported publically.
Williams conversion makes him the first Muslim to play for the All Blacks and All Black coach Graham Henry would not return our calls earlier today for his opinion. However, Henry is believed to be particularly concerned that the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when followers are forbidden from eating between dawn and sunset, falls in August this year – when the All Blacks play three Tri Nations matches. It is during the final build-up to the Rugby World Cup.
However, of greater concern is the name that Sonny Bill Williams may adopt as part of his new religion. When boxing great, Cassius Clay converted to Islam he changed his name to Muhammad Ali. At this stage it is believed that Williams may become Muhammad SBW or even the catchy Sonny Muhammad. This would pose a problem for the crusaders who like to have the names of their players on their backs and may force the t-shirt designers to start his name on the front and wrap around the back.
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