Sonny Bill in doubt for Chiefs against Sharks

The Chiefs will be without Tim Nanai-Williams and could also be without Sonny Bill Williams for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Sharks in Durban.

Nanai-Williams has flown home to New Zealand after breaking a finger in last week’s 19-28 victory over the Stormers in Cape Town.

Sonny Bill took a knock to his head when he collided with Stormers prop Vincent Koch and was sent for a concussion test in the 17th minute of the match but was cleared and he returned to the field.

The All Black midfielder appeared to play on until deep into the second half without any further symptoms but since the match he has failed to recover fully from the knock.

“He hasn’t recovered as quickly as we would have liked,” Chiefs assistant coach Tom Coventry told Stuff.

“He’s had a few headaches, and he’s under a bit of a selection cloud.”

Coventry said that Williams has not started the concussion protocol and he will be given another day to recover or he will not be able to play this weekend in Durban.

“There’s a pretty comprehensive list of events he has to go through to be able to play,” Coventry said.

“It’s a five day process, so he’ll have to make some progress by tomorrow, or even this afternoon.”

The Chiefs have called up Marty McKenzie to replace Nanai-Williams and prop Pauliasi Manu is struggling with a rib injury.

Coventry added that Andrew Horrell, Tom Marshall or Marty McKenzie could start against the Sharks in Nanai-Williams’s place.

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