May 9, 2018 / 1:24 AM / 2 months ago

Rugby: Sonny Bill back for Blues after six weeks out

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams will be back in Super Rugby action for the Auckland Blues against the Wellington Hurricanes this weekend after missing six matches with a wrist fracture.

Rugby Union - Autumn Internationals - Scotland vs New Zealand - BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Britain - November 18, 2017 New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

The twice World Cup winner broke his wrist in a loss to the Stormers in mid-March but returns at inside centre as the Blues look to end a winless streak of 15 matches against New Zealand opponents.

All Blacks prop Ofa Tuungafasi, fresh from signing a new deal to stay in New Zealand rugby until 2021, was also named in the side for Friday’s match at Eden Park after missing three matches with a knee injury.

“It is great to have Ofa back, and it is awesome for the team to know we have him for a further three years, and Sonny has been fizzing to get back on the field,” coach Tana Umaga said in a team statement.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford

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