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Sonny Bill Williams adorably surprises his daughters after returning home from All Blacks duty

The heart-melting moment has already clocked tens of thousands of views on social media.

Star All Black midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has shared a video of the moment he surprised his daughters after returning home from two weeks away with the team.
In the video, which you can watch in the player above, Williams can be seen sneaking into a lounge while his two daughters, Imaan, 4, and Aisha, 2, are watching TV. He perches on the couch behind them and waits to be noticed.
Enthralled in the TV show, the little ones are oblivious. Resting his foot on the table doesn't stir them, so he laughs to catch their attention. Overjoyed to have him home, they immediately run into his arms for a hug.
Williams had been in Buenos Aires with the All Blacks for their first game of this year's Rugby Championship. He wasn't selected to play after injuring his hamstring at a training camp before the team departed, but is likely to be selected for the team's game against the Springboks this Saturday in Wellington.
Williams often treats his social media followers to adorable family moments. Since first becoming a dad in 2014, the 33-year-old former bad boy has wholeheartedly devoted himself to family life. "I just want to be a good father," he told the Daily Telegraph in 2016. "I want as many kids as we can have."
He and his wife Alana welcomed their third child (and first son) Zaid in June 2018. They managed to keep the entire pregnancy a secret from the public, stunning everyone when they announced his arrival on social media.
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Last week Williams paid tribute to his wife on Instagram, posting a picture of his three children at the supermarket.
"To all those who think a stay at home mum isn't a full time job please check yourself... I see you my love and I appreciate your efforts while I get to travel the world doing what I love it wouldn't be possible without you doing what you do."
He then took the opportunity to petition his wife for more children, joking "May the most high continue to bless us with happiness and love and more children hahahaha chances tho??"
Williams and Alana Raffie secretly married in 2013 after a whirlwind relationship. He has credited fatherhood with helping him not only become a better man, but a better player too.
"Love, to me, is shown at the most inconvenient times," he told Newshub in 2018. "At 3am, when the kids are crying and my wife can't help me, because she's with the baby.
"You have to take those deep breaths and try to centre yourself. That has helped me in my professional life as well."