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Former All Black Ali Williams announces retirement

World Cup-winning All Black Ali Williams is to retire from rugby at the end of the season.

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Former New Zealand international Ali Williams has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old lock, who made 77 appearances for the All Blacks, joined Toulon at the start of last season, having previously enjoyed a successful career in his homeland with the Blues and the Crusaders.

Williams was part of the New Zealand side that lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2011, but says now is the time to call time on his playing days.

"I've enjoyed every day that I've played rugby and I'm still enjoying it to the end but my body's said enough is enough," he said.

"There's huge motivation to go out on a winning note, but like anything you can't look to the prizes, you have to look to the processes for the next few months to try to get to the prizes.

"I can't train during the week and you can't commit to another season and let players down by not being able to train during the week.

"Sometimes it's hard to acknowledge that but sometimes it's just one of those things and you have to walk away and enjoy what was 15 years of my life and I start again and do something else."

As to what will fill the void, Williams remains unsure.

"What I will do I don't know," he added. "Maybe my wife will work and I'll go fishing. Or maybe not!

"Maybe a little bit of hunting, maybe a little bit of cooking."

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