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04th Jul 2017

Sonny Bill Williams’ replacement is an absolute monster in the gym

Good grief

Darragh Culhane

Remember that time Sonny Bill Williams got sent off and the Lions beat New Zealand?

Good times.

Well, Williams has been slapped with a four-week ban for his hit on Anthony Watson during last Saturday’s Test match and New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has called up Malakai Fekitoa as his replacement.

Fekitoa has 23 international caps to his name but was not selected as an All Black for 2017, however, with Sonny Bill Williams now out of the squad it means that Fekitoa has forced his way back into the squad.

Teammate Aaron Smith was speaking to reporters about Fekitoa’s return on Monday.

“It’s a really good thing to see, just happy and excited that someone wants to be back and you could just really see the true grin and happiness in his face, it’s just really good to have him around.

“At the gym (Malakai) always works pretty hard and gave a bit of energy to the group. He doesn’t really say much but from his facial expressions and his body language you could tell that he was really happy to be in the house.”