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All Quotes by author - Sonny Bill Williams
" After that first month in Sydney, I went home for two weeks. I didn't want to ever go back because it was so hard. "
" All I want is respect. "
" Although the rugby league fraternity probably don't like it, the rugby union fraternity probably doesn't like it, it's cool for sportsmen, for young kids coming up, to know that there's not just that one door. "
" As a league player, for myself, you strive to win a comp. I'm lucky enough to have achieved that... but most sportspeople would love to go to the Olympics, and I haven't achieved that. "
" As a rugby player, you strive to be an All Black, win a World Cup, and win a Super Rugby title. "
" As soon as I signed for the French rugby union, it was just a huge relief, you know, because I was out of Sydney and out of sight doing what was best for myself. "
" A young fella snuck out on to the field somehow, but when he was coming up to give me a hug, he got smoked by the guard. He was lucky the guy didn't break his ribs. "
" Beforehand you think, 'Oh, changing nappies - I'm going to be up; I need to get sleep for training.' But when it happens, when you're there, as soon as you hear a wiggle or a cough or something, you're up straight away. It doesn't bother you. "
" Being a young Kiwi lad, a young Polynesian boy, I was pretty close to my family. But when I moved to Sydney, I went from training twice a week, playing touch footy with my mates, to working full-time as a labourer and training professionally. "
" Boxing's not in my blood... it just grew on me. "
" By the end of my first year at the Dogs, we'd won the competition, and I'd played some pretty good footy. "
" Every rugby player in Australia and New Zealand or wherever they are from wants to play in the World Cup, and I am no different. "
" Every time you step out on that field, it's tough. There is no easy way to approach it and no short cuts out there. "
" For myself, it's trying to do my best in whatever I am doing. At this time, it is boxing; then when I get home, I want to be the best father, the best husband, the best man I can be. "
" Going back in time, the best sportsmen ever have been Olympians. "
" How can I tell my daughter when she grows up to aspire to be what she wants to be if I am too scared to hop back in the ring because of what some people have said about me? "
" I am my own man now; I can think for myself, whereas when I was 20, 21, I always wanted to please others. "
" I definitely want to play rugby at the top level, international rugby. "
" I didn't feel that I really fit in anywhere. So when I was young I always had to prove myself through my sporting ability. "
" I don't have the runs on the board to trash talk anyone in the boxing sense. I've got to do it the hard way and earn that respect. "
" I don't know if I'm going to be any good at sevens. "
" I don't need a pool room with medals and everything hanging up. "
" I don't want to let my family down; I don't want to let myself down. That's probably the biggest thing I fear. "
" I do speak my mind a lot more than when I was younger. I guess that's just my Polynesian background. That's how we are: just sit back and try and fit in, try and make everyone else happy. "
" If a lawyer, if a teacher, if a bus driver, if they're on $40,000 and they get offered a lot more to go somewhere else, what do you think they're going to do? "
" If I could go back and change how I left the NRL, I would. My name will forever be tarnished but I wasn't the man I am now. "
" If we're going to be getting treated like that, why can't we treat the clubs like that? I just want to see the game and the players looked after the way they should be because the crowds don't turn up to watch David Gallop play... they turn up to watch the players play. "
" If you go about trying to please everyone, there's going to be endless struggles. "
" I grew up as a Polynesian kid in the Polynesian community, and I was this skinny white kid. "
" I grew up in a commissioned house in the next suburb over, Mount Abbot. It was a two-bedroom house with me, my brother, and my two sisters. Mum and Dad slept in the lounge, and we didn't have wallpaper. "
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