Sonny Bill is the first to admit he used to be a bad boy. But since converting to Islam, the father of one says he's changed his ways for the better, in a new interview.
"I used to be a bit of a scallywag," the popular All Black, who now has an 18-month-old daughter with his wife, Alana, admitted in the Daily Mail
"I did a lot of bad things and went off course but Allah was with me."
The 30-year-old player, who is the only Muslim in his rugby squad, also explains how he fits his commitments to Islam around his intensive rugby schedule, adding he will sometimes run his morning and evening prayers together while travelling.
Sonny adds that the squad's chef will also provide halal food where possible, something which sometimes leaves him "embarrassed."
"I just want to fit in and be one of the boys, but at the same time faith is where everything comes from," he says.
And Sonny credits his conversion to Islam with helping him to become less of a 'stress head,' and that it helped him find more meaning in life than he had while drinking and partying.
"I still feel like the same person but converting has given me contentment and happiness that I don't know how to explain."
Sonny now has his sights set on competing in Rio for rugby sevens, following in the Olympic footsteps of his hero and fellow Muslim Muhammad Ali. But SBW is under strict instructions from his wife about what will happen if wins a medal - and he won't be giving it away, like he did after the All Blacks Rugby World Cup win.
'My wife has already said that if, God willing, I make it to the Olympics and win a medal, then it's going straight on my daughter — I can't give it away!' he says.
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