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Sport Sonny Bill Williams joins Toronto Wolfpack in record breaking deal

18:35  06 november  2019
18:35  06 november  2019 Source:   uk.sports.yahoo.com

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The former all Black Sonny Bill Williams has broken all records with his deal at Toronto in rugby league. Sonny Bill Williams will be unveiled as the highest-paid player in the history of either code of rugby next week after agreeing a two-year deal with Toronto Wolfpack .

Sonny Bill Williams is set to become a Toronto Wolfpack playerCredit: Getty - Contributor. Wolfpack sources say the fine print is currently being worked out but they expect the 34-year-old to sign for the Super League new boys later this week. Williams may even be able to play for a different country

Sonny Bill Williams in a blue uniform holding a ball: New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams runs during a training session at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, England, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. New Zealand's All Blacks will play Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) © Provided by Oath Inc. New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams runs during a training session at Pennyhill Park, in Bagshot, England, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. New Zealand's All Blacks will play Australia in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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.

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Sonny Bill Williams has expressed an interest in joining the Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack , according to their head coach Brian McDermott.

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. The 34-year-old was a member of the All Blacks side

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.

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“Is the decision good for the game of rugby league? Boy, oh boy what a signing.” said Toronto Wolfpack director of rugby Brian Noble.

The 34-year-old forward has won two World Cups in rugby union with New Zealand, making him one of just 21 players to win multiple World Cup titles.

Noble has also spoken about the Super League salary cap and believes lifting it will help attract more high profile players. "It's time to have the debate and be positive and proactive about expansion with all the right regulatory rules that should be in there,” Noble told BBC Sport.

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Sonny Bill Williams in action for New Zealand against Wales in the Rugby World Cup third-place playoff in Tokyo. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho. New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams will be unveiled as the highest-paid player in the history of either code of rugby next week after agreeing a

Sonny Bill Williams in 2014. Williams played for seven seasons in the NRL. Credit:Anthony Johnson. "The deal is stunning," Weidler told Nine News Toronto Wolfpack are newcomers to the English Super League, having won promotion, and have been keen to secure Williams to lead their attack.

a man standing in front of a crowd of people watching a football game: New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams looks to pass the ball during the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium between New Zealand and England in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker) © Provided by Oath Inc. New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams looks to pass the ball during the Rugby World Cup semifinal at International Yokohama Stadium between New Zealand and England in Yokohama, Japan, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

“Sonny Bill Williams, if his name is on that piece of paper, is part and parcel and forefront of our view of making decisions that are good for the game and not just Toronto.”

Williams has represented Canterbury Bulldogs (2004-08) and Sydney Roosters (2013-14) in rugby league and won the National Rugby League (NRL) title with both sides.

In 2013 he was named Rugby League International Federation player of the year during his spell with the Roosters.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Toronto Wolfpack captain Josh McCrone raises the trophy alongside teammates after defeating the Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game in a Betfred Championship rugby play-off game in Toronto, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP) © Provided by Oath Inc. Toronto Wolfpack captain Josh McCrone raises the trophy alongside teammates after defeating the Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game in a Betfred Championship rugby play-off game in Toronto, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

The Toronto Wolfpack secured promotion to top flight rugby in 2019, just three years after the side was formed. A victory over the Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game last month saw them rise to the top tier for the first time.

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It appears the Toronto Wolfpack have bolstered their roster ahead of their debut season in the Super League. According to Nine News Sydney, New According to Nine News Sydney, New Zealand All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams has accepted the team's two-year, million offer, which is the

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

The three-year-old team will join the Super League as outsiders, with Catalans Dragons the only other side to hail from outside of the UK. The introduction of more foreign sides is in the competition’s strive for innovation.

“We want the game to have front-page headlines,” continued Noble. “We want the game to have an energy and excitement so that everyone else knows what our great game is about.”

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The Canadian side have established a following of about 9,000 home city fans in the three years they have been competing. The arrival of rugby icon Williams will help push the Wolfpack even further into the limelight.

“The rest of Super League will be punching the air at his arrival,” said BBC’s Dave Woods. “Having a Sonny Bill Williams in the opposition line-up whenever Toronto Wolfpack come to town will undoubtedly put extra numbers on the gate.”

Toronto Wolfpack will start their first ever Super League campaign on February 2.

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Williams' Saracens deal runs out in the summer and he faces a stark choice. With 62 caps now he could earn huge sums in France and still play for Wales. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New Wales coach Wayne Pivac (pictured) wants star full-back Liam Williams to come home But Pivac, who has discussed the future with Williams, would prefer if he played in Wales.'From a selfish Welsh point of view I'd love to see him back here in Wales,' said Warren Gatland's successor.

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