Rugby World Cup 2015: All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams offers New Zealand v South Africa tickets to Syrian refugees

 
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Sonny Bill Williams in training with the All Blacks (Source: Getty)

All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has offered Syrian refugees the chance to go to the Rugby World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa this afternoon.

The Kiwi centre has set aside two tickets to the Twickenham clash and asked his Twitter followers yesterday to be put in contact with agencies working with refugees.

He wrote: "Any agency in London with a Syrian refugee that wants to go to the game tomorrow I have two tickets to give you. Let me know."

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The six-foot-four former rugby league star and heavyweight boxing champion has been largely used as an effective impact substitute by All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen during this World Cup.

He has been named on the bench for the crunch clash with the Springboks this afternoon, as New Zealand bid to win back-to-back World Cups and their first away from home.

Williams' gesture follows a number of initiatives from the wider sporting community in support of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

European football clubs in the Champions League offered to donate €1 for every ticket sold in their first home game, while Andy Murray committed to £50 for every ace he hits during this season.

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