Sonny Bill Williams cleared to play in test vs Australia

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Sonny Bill Williams - New Zealand centre, with his daughter on sidelines at the end of training.

Sonny Bill Williams - New Zealand centre, with his daughter on sidelines at the end of training. (Photo: photosport.nz)

DUBLIN (AP) — All Blacks center Sonny Bill Williams has been cleared to play against Australia on Aug. 19 after successfully challenging the terms of a ban from World Rugby.

Williams was suspended for four matches after being sent off during the second test against the British and Irish Lions in July for a dangerous shoulder charge.

World Rugby initially ruled that Williams' game for Counties-Manukau province against North Harbour wouldn't count as the fourth and final match of the ban on Aug. 11.

Now World Rugby has accepted that it is a meaningful game and should count toward the suspension, freeing Williams up to feature in the Bledisloe Cup opener against Australia on Aug. 20.

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