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Nanai-Williams in race to play All Blacks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/05/2017
Tim Nanai-Williams © Getty Images Tim Nanai-Williams

Tim Nanai-Williams hopes his return from injury has been timed to win selection for Samoa in their Test against the All Blacks.

Versatile back Nanai-Williams has been on ice since dislocating his shoulder in March during the Chiefs 26-18 win over the Hurricanes in Hamilton.

The 27-year-old now has four possible matches for the Chiefs, including this Friday night's clash with the Crusaders in Suva, to prove his fitness to Samoan coach Alama Ieremia ahead of the June 16 Test at Eden Park.

"You want to keep measuring yourself against the best in the world, so as a team and an individual you want to test yourself against the All Blacks," he said.

Nanai-Williams made his Test debut in the historic clash at Apia two years ago, when Samoa battled gamely in a 25-16 loss.

He stayed at fullback for his four other Tests later that year, in the pool phase of the Rugby World Cup.

Beating the All Blacks on New Zealand soil is on another level of difficulty but he believes his side will be up for the challenge.

Samoa also have a game the following week at home to Wales, which will rule Nanai-Williams out of the Chiefs' midweek clash with the British and Irish Lions.

"You can't be everywhere at once so if my country needs me I really have to go" he said.

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