Sonny Bill Williams "shocked" by 'Player of the Year' accolade

Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand scores his third try during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at Headingley Stadium on November 8, 2013
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Sonny Bill Williams says that he was "teary" when receiving his 'Player of the Year' award from the Rugby League International Federation.

New Zealand forward Sonny Bill Williams said that he was "shocked" at being named the Rugby League International Federation's 'Player of the Year'.

The 28-year-old was honoured at an awards ceremony at the Lowry Hotel, Manchester, last night, and admitted that he was choked up to receive the recognition of his peers.

"I can't remember the last time I cried but I was a little bit teary up there, just seeing the brothers get up and show that respect," PA quotes him as saying.

"I was quite shocked to get the award to be honest.

"It was a nice feeling to be recognised but I accept this award on behalf of my team-matches that have put me in a position to play well, coaches and of course my family."

Greg Inglish and Super League 'Man of Steel' Danny Brough were also up for the award.

Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand scores his third try during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between New Zealand and Papua New Guinea at Headingley Stadium on November 8, 2013
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