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Sonny Bill Williams may be with the All Blacks when they play the USA Nov. 1 at Chicago's Soldier Field. The star is currently playing league with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, but could switch back to union in time for New Zealand's fall tests.
The New Zealand Rugby Union typically requires players to participate in domestic union competition to be eligible for selection, but they've announced an exception for Williams, who has already signaled his intentions to switch back to union after his two-year deal with the Roosters is complete ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The Roosters currently sit in third place in the NRL, and if they make it to the final, Williams will be playing league into October. If the Roosters are knocked out early, Williams is expected to play for Counties Manukau in the ITM Cup.
There's no guarantee the All Blacks coaching staff will select Williams or play him against the Eagles, but the NZRU's decision opens up the possibility that the rugby's biggest star may be playing on American soil at Soldier Field in November.