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Sonny Bill Williams is on the brink of getting a dispensation to wear a special jersey without the logos of two of the Blues' and New Zealand Rugby's most significant sponsors on it.

The Blues midfielder hit headlines around the world after covering up the BNZ logo on his collar before playing his first match for the team against the Highlanders in Dunedin last Saturday.

It was done due to All Black Williams' religious beliefs and on conscientious objection grounds - he is a practising Muslim - and the issue, which caught the Blues and New Zealand Rugby by surprise, is close to being resolved.


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