Sonny Bill Williams
Birth Name: Sonny William Williams
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Date of Birth: 3 August, 1985
*Welsh, English (mother)
Sonny Bill Williams is a New Zealand rugby union player, rugby league player, and heavyweight boxer.
He is the son of Lee Woolsey and John Williams. His father is Samoan. His mother has Welsh and English ancestry. Sonny Bill has dual citizenship with New Zealand and Samoa. He is a Muslim.
Sonny Bill is a brother of rugby league player John Arthur Williams, and rugby sevens player and New Zealand international touch football captain Niall Williams. Sonny Bill is a cousin of rugby league players Marcus Perenara and Henry Perenara, who is also a referee. He is also a cousin of siblings, rugby union players Nick Williams and Tim Nanai-Williams.
Sonny Bill is married, and has three children.
Sonny Bill’s paternal grandmother likely is named Nellie. She likely was the granddaughter of Fuamatu Niusila/Nu’usila Williams and Sisilia Moemau’u Satele.
Sonny Bill’s maternal grandfather was named William James “Bill” Woolsey. William was a rugby league player.
Sonny Bill’s maternal grandmother was Denise Francesca Phillips (the daughter of William T. Phillips and Gladys Mary Sage). Denise was born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Gladys was born in Maindee, St Matthew, Monmouthshire, the daughter of Daniel Sage and Sarah Ann Humphreys.
A picture of Sonny Bill’s maternal grandparents can be seen here.
Source: Obituary of Sonny Bill’s maternal grandmother, Denise Francesca (Phillips) Woolsey – http://notices.nzherald.co.nz