All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has taken to social media to address his injury and the power of vulnerability.
The 32-year-old aggravated a previous injury while in All Blacks camp and it was revealed yesterday that he required surgery.
He has since been ruled out of the All Blacks’ June Test series against France that is scheduled to kick off on June 9 at Eden Park.
Williams posted on Instagram: “Just got home from the hospital. Obviously by now news is out that I won’t be available for the June series coming up. If I’m going to be completely honest, in the past these small set backs would have a huge effect on me both mentally and emotionally.
“You start to obsess over things you can’t control and you hide how you really feel to avoid looking vulnerable. What I’m learning though is that ‘vulnerability’ is actually where the true power is.
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“Admitting that I cant always control the outcomes but I can control my thoughts and feelings toward them. So I choose to be grateful. I want to also add that I appreciate the love and support from everyone – Alhumdulliah it was only a small op but the Doc said it was successful. I’m going to miss running out there with the Blues/All Blacks however I’m genuinely excited to watch my fellow midfield brothers in that black jersey showcase their amazing skills! I look forward at the opportunity to help the team where I can but for now – better help my wife with these nappies blessings and love always.
Williams, the oldest current All Black, has struggled with injury in recent years. He appeared in just six games for the Blues last season after recovering from an achilles rupture he suffered playing Sevens at the 2016 Olympics, and has already missed seven Blues games this season.
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