Spiderman trains with Crusaders

Crusaders lock Ali Williams lived up to his nickname of ‘Comical Ali’ by wearing a Spiderman outfit to training on Monday ahead of his personal Super 14 rugby grudge match against the Blues this week

After completing training, the 46-test All Black stunned journalists gathered for questions when he emerged in the superhero’s costume according to NZPA.

Williams answered a handful of questions before scampering back inside the training sheds, prompted by fellow-lock Ross Filipo who was clad in the uniform of another comic book hero, the Phantom.

A Crusaders spokesman said Williams’ antics were a method to alleviate the pressure in a big week.

Williams ended six seasons with the Blues in controversial fashion last year, walking away from the franchise following a rift with coach David Nucifora.

Williams was sent home from South Africa ahead of the Blues’ semifinal as punishment for off-field misdemeanours.



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