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Williams relishing midfield battle

Sonny Bill Williams is relishing a toe-to-toe midfield battle as New Zealand take on Scotland on Saturday and is eager for a reunion with Rory Lamont.

The 25-year-old former rugby league international, who will win his second cap at Murrayfield, played alongside Scotland wing Lamont at Toulon, his first rugby union club, in France's Top 14 championship before returning to New Zealand with Canterbury.

"He's a fit, big man, Rory," said Williams. "I'll be looking forward to catching up with him after the game. He's a good man, you might have to tell him to take it easy on me."

The encounter will be the 28th meeting in 105 years between the teams, but Scotland are still to beat the All Blacks.

Williams, though, is wary of the hosts, who are unbeaten in their last four Tests and defeated Australia last autumn.

"They've got a strong backline from what I've seen - they like to throw the ball around," he added.

"The game's changed a bit, most teams play the counter attack and play with a bit of width, so we've got to be on our toes as a backline defensively.

"We've got to look to try and express ourselves and take the opportunities."


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