Sonny Bill Williams - the most talked about person in New Zealand sport - makes a special guest appearance on CODE, filmed live at Maori Television tomorrow, Thursday July 19 at 8.30pm.
The CODE team - anchor Jenny-May Coffin and celebrity rugby and league co-hosts Glen "Oz" Osborne, Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu, Karl Te Nana and Liam Messam find out about Sonny Bill's career since he debuted in 2004, aged 18, for the first grade Canterbury Bulldogs teams in the NRL.
Later that year Sonny Bill's rapid rise to sports stardom continued when he appeared as the youngest Bulldog to play in a Grand Final?a championship ring capped off a remarkable breakthrough year for the player who would soon become known simply as SBW.
In 2008 SBW controversially left the Bulldogs to play rugby union for Toulon in France before returning to New Zealand in 2010 to play first for Canterbury in the ITM Cup and then the Crusaders in Super Rugby.
International honours followed with selection for the All Blacks' end of year tour of Europe and ultimately a World Cup Winners' Medal.
Most rugby scribes agree that 2012 has been SBW's best year in the 15 man code; his strong performances for the Chiefs have been central to their run into the Super Rugby finals.
Last week Sonny confirmed rumours that he is to return to rugby league. En route to Australia he will play a final season of rugby in Japan before settling back into the rugby league at an as yet unnamed team - although heavily rumoured to be the Sydney Roosters.
This CODE special will be capped with a performance by Hamilton six piece group Tastybrown, who recently released their debut album, Kitchen.
Renowned for a dynamic stage performance, Tastybrown fuse RnB, soul and reggae and are quickly making a name for themselves in the New Zealand music scene.
All this, plus Glen "Super Oz" Osborne catches up with the Football Ferns, The New Zealand Women's Olympic Football team, on the eve of their departure to the games, and Karl Tenana chats with Chiefs' coach Dave Rennie and discovers some interesting secrets to their success.
Catch the busiest hour of sports entertainment live every Thursday night on CODE Maori Television at 8.30pm.
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