Williams resigned to his fate
Sonny Bill Williams admits he does not expect to keep his place in New Zealand's midfield.
Last Updated: 14/11/10 2:04pm
Sonny Bill Williams admits he does not expect to keep his place in New Zealand's midfield despite his sparkling displays over the last two weekends.
The former rugby league star has impressed in the All Blacks' victories over England and Scotland, winning the man-of-the-match award in the 49-3 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Next up for Graham Henry's side are Ireland, with Wales the following week, as they bid to claim a third European Grand Slam in six years.
Williams said: "There's still things I need to address and work on, but I've always said I'm a work in progress. I've got to keep on working and continue to improve.
"It was a good game because the team played terrifically. As a whole our forwards led the way and made it a lot easier for us to get that quick ball and get a roll on."
Williams insists his trademark offloads out of the tackle are only so effective due to the support he receives from his team-mates. He added: "I just hope they catch it, because if they don't catch it...
"You're only as good as your support play and you probably can't get much better than the boys that I played alongside in the last couple of weeks. It does make it a lot easier."
Williams made his debut in the 26-16 win over England at Twickenham and retained his place as Ma'a Nonu made way for Conrad Smith at Murrayfield.
However, the 25-year-old is aware Nonu will be eager to return next Saturday in Dublin and he may have to take his turn on the bench.
"Ma'a and Conrad to me are the best midfield combination in the world," added Williams.
"As long as I can keep my foot in there and hopefully keep staying in that 22 and get a bit of game time here and there, I know I'll improve.
"It was a step forward - now I know I can mix it at this level - but in saying that there's still big games ahead and there's a long way to go."