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Sonny Bill Williams is likely to get dispensation to wear a Blues jersey without the logos of two major rugby sponsors. Stuff understands a statement is being prepared from New Zealand Rugby, the Blues, Investec and the BNZ on Tuesday. All are expected to state they have no issue with Williams' conscientious objection to wearing bank logos on his playing shirt. The hold-up is waiting for comment from Investec's office in South Africa. Williams caused a stir by taping over the BNZ bank logo on his jersey in his Blues' Super Rugby debut, against the Highlanders in Dunedin last Saturday night. The issue is yet to be fully explained by Williams, but is believed to have been due to his Muslim faith, which goes against the notion of banks charging interest and fees on loans. While the Blues were unaware he would tape over the logo, Williams' management is confident the clause was included in his New Zealand Rugby contract.

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