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Sport Sonny Bill close to joining Toronto

17:20  05 november  2019
17:20  05 november  2019 Source:   skysports.com

Sonny Bill Williams signs for Super League newcomers Toronto

  Sonny Bill Williams signs for Super League newcomers Toronto Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack have signed Sonny Bill Williams, a former New Zealand international in rugby union.The 34-year-old, a two-time Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand, has switched codes again having signed a contract reportedly worth 9 million Canadian dollars that will make him the highest-paid rugby league player in the world.

New Zealand cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams is set to join Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year deal. Williams will be a marquee player and has agreed a reported multi-million pound deal to return to rugby league.

All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams close to Rugby League switch with Toronto Wolfpack Sonny Bill Williams is set to play in the Super League next season Toronto Wolfpack are closing in on the signing of the dual-code international Toronto owner David Argyle set his sights on Williams two years ago and the club stepped up

Sonny Bill Williams wearing a blue shirt: Sonny Bill Williams is set to become the highest paid player in the history of rugby © Getty Sonny Bill Williams is set to become the highest paid player in the history of rugby

New Zealand cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams is close to sealing a return to rugby league with Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack, Sky Sports News understands.

Williams is set to a sign a multi-million pound two-year deal with the Canadian side, which will make him the highest-paid player in the history of either code.

The 34-year-old, who was part of the All Blacks squad that last week sealed third place at rugby union's World Cup, returns to rugby league for a third spell in the sport.

Toronto owner David Argyle set his sights on Williams two years ago and the club stepped up the chase once they secured promotion after beating Featherstone in the Million Pound Game in October.

All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams plotted his switch to rugby league and £2.6m move to Toronto Wolfpack the day after New Zealand's Rugby World Cup semi-final thrashing by England

  All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams plotted his switch to rugby league and £2.6m move to Toronto Wolfpack the day after New Zealand's Rugby World Cup semi-final thrashing by England DANIEL MATTHEWS AT THE EMIRATES: Sonny Bill Williams has revealed he began plotting his record move to Toronto Wolfpack the day after the All Blacks' defeat by England.The cross-code star signed the richest deal in rugby history to join the new Super League outfit and begin a third stint in the 13-man game.

Sonny Bill Williams waves farewell to fans after New Zealand's win against Wales on Friday Credit: Getty Images. Toronto reached Super League after beating Featherstone Rovers in last month’s Championship Grand Final to achieve their second promotion in only the third year since their formation.

Breaking news. Sonny Bill signs million contract with Toronto Wolfpack, Australian media report read more. Fresh from the signalled end of his All Blacks career, Sonny Bill Williams will join the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league club under a deal worth a reported million, Australian media are

Head coach Brian McDermott flew to Japan during the World Cup to meet with Williams' representatives and is thought to have held face-to-face talks with the player he believes can have as big an impact on Super League as David Beckham had with Major League Soccer.

(Photo by Francois Nel - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images) © Getty (Photo by Francois Nel - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

As part of the deal, Williams will make history by taking a stake in the club ahead of their move onto the stock market.

Williams will become one of two permitted marquee players, which means that only the first £150,000 of his salary will count on the cap.

The Wolfpack, who won promotion within three years of their formation, already have two marquee players in former NRL duo Ricky Leutele and Darcy Lussick but are confident of being able to accommodate Williams, who will have little difficulty adjusting to the 13-man game.

Sonny Bill Williams joins Toronto Wolfpack in record breaking deal

  Sonny Bill Williams joins Toronto Wolfpack in record breaking deal Toronto Wolfpack have signed cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams in a multimillion pound deal that will see him become the most expensive player in rugby union and rugby league history. The New Zealand superstar will return to rugby league as Toronto’s marquee signing after finishing third with the All Blacks in this year’s World Cup. Williams’ record breaking move to the Super League newcomers is worth an estimated $10million (£5million) over the two years he has agreed to sign for; a staggering amount that is far more than most other Super League sides would spend on an entire squad.

All Black Sonny Bill Williams has expressed an interest in joining English Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack, head coach Brian McDermott has revealed. The Canadian outfit are on the lookout for big-name signings following their promotion from the second-tier Championship and intend to

Sonny Bill Williams is about to return to rugby league in a huge deal, latest reports say. Fresh from the signalled end of his All Blacks career, Sonny Bill Williams will join the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league club under a deal worth a reported million, Australian media are reporting.

Williams played for Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters in the NRL and was in the New Zealand team which reached the 2013 World Cup final at Old Trafford.

a man holding a ball: Williams was part of the All Blacks team that finished third at rugby union's World Cup © Getty Williams was part of the All Blacks team that finished third at rugby union's World Cup

One of Williams' first matches will be at the north London home of European and English champions Saracens after the club finalised their early-season "on-the-road" fixtures.

The Wolfpack are unable to play games at the Lamport Stadium until April because of the harsh Canadian winter and the unavailability of their local authority-owned stadium so have switched their first three home fixtures.

They open the season against Castleford in a double-header at Headingley on February 2 and will play champions St Helens at Allianz Stadium on February 29.

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