All Blacks continue to commit

Williams and Woodcock staying in New Zealand until 2012

Last Updated: 04/05/09 9:52am

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All Blacks forwards Ali Williams and Tony Woodcock have joined a growing core of experienced players to re-sign with the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) until after the 2011 World Cup.

The duo join captain Richie McCaw, lock Brad Thorn, fly-half Daniel Carter, loose forward Rodney So'oialo, centre Ma'a Nonu and hookers Keven Mealamu and Andrew Hore in committing to the NZRU beyond the next World Cup, which is being held in New Zealand.

Woodcock and Williams have signed through until 2012 and NZRU chief executive Steve Tew is delighted.

"They are both key guys for the All Blacks and their...Super 14 franchises and we are very happy that we now have a number of key players who will be playing their rugby in New Zealand in the immediate future," Tew said.

It was not, however, all good news for Williams, who limped off in the first half of the Auckland Blues' 45-27 loss to the Wellington Hurricanes last Friday after suffering a reoccurrence of an Achilles' tendon injury.

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