11 Jul 2012

Wayne Smith says we shouldn't judge SBW

1:41 pm on 11 July 2012

The former All Blacks coach and current Chiefs assistant Wayne Smith says people shouldn't judge Sonny Bill Williams.

Williams confirmed he's leaving New Zealand rugby but with a sense of regret after claiming he 'found his place' with the Chiefs.

He says he harbours a desire to return to the All Blacks but he's not commiting to anything just yet.

The 26-year-old says he felt obliged to honour a handshake deal he made to return league, after a stint playing rugby in Japan.

Smith says the portrayal of Williams being money hungry is unfair because he's been paid like anyone else in New Zealand rugby and left a highly paid job in France to come here to follow his dream.

Smith believes Williams is a rugby union player through and through, and people should cherish the time he gave to the game here.