All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that Sonny Bill Williams will be eligible for the first Bledisloe Cup test against Australia. By next month, Williams will have served his red-card ban. On the subject of whether Williams would play, Hansen told Radio Sport, "Yep, he'll be considered."
Williams was handed an immediate red card after a shoulder charge into Anthony Watson’s head. He thereafter received a four-week ban, becoming the first All Black in 50 years since Colin Meads to be sent off during New Zealand's second Test to the British and Irish Lions.
He has not only missed the drawn, third Lions Test, but also could not partake in the Auckland Blues' Super Rugby match against the Sunwolves. This match ended in a 48-21 shocking loss for the Blues.
Williams is also registered with provincial side Counties Manukau and two of their pre-season matches will also count as part of his suspension says BBC Sport.
There have been many questions raised on whether these matches will be part of Williams' suspension. Nevertheless, Hansen mentions to Radio Sport that: "There's one game that's a bit contentious about whether they are going to consider it or not."
"If that's not the case then we'll get him back just for the test match. If it's considered then we'll get him back for the game of three halves that we play every year before the Mitre 10 and Bledisloe starts."