Lockdown restrictions have been a blessing for rugby sevens star Niall Williams.

“It’s been amazing, spending the days with my daughters and just getting to have quality time with them. This is the longest I’ve spent at home in the past five years,” Williams said.

“Some days they come with me as I train, some days we just sit on the couch and chill, I’m loving being here to help them with their school work as well, it’s been special family time.”


The Olympic silver medallist normally spend months each year overseas, competing in the World Series with her teammates.

Her team had just won their fourth straight tournament and were preparing to head to the Hong Kong Sevens when Coronavirus began to spread, prompting the postponement of the Hong Kong tournament and then lockdown restrictions in New Zealand.

Williams says while she’s missing competing, she’s loving the extra time at home.

“The other day we were watching tv and they told me who their crushes are at school, it was so cute and they just said oh mum this is the best.

“Don’t get me wrong, some days they drive me crazy, but on the whole it’s been great.”

Williams is the mother to seven-year-old Tatum-Lee and six-year-old Rima-Ray. Partner Tama rounds out the family bubble.

“Tatum-Lee is a big softie with a big heart but she knows how to throw down at Tik Tok, and then Rima-Ray is six, she’s a little cheeky one, a fiery red head who really makes us laugh.”

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Williams and her family are based in Tauranga where she is also a Jennian Homes Ambassador.

“Having a young family, our home is our sanctuary so it’s so important we have a home that we love.

“Our place has a big back yard and a great living room. It’s where you spend most of your time so you want to have a loving beautiful home that makes you feel good inside.”

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