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Sonny Bill Williams signs for Toronto Wolfpack to become highest-ever paid rugby player

Sonny Bill Williams has agreed a mega-money move to Toronto Wolfpack to play in their debut Super League campaign next year.

The 34-year-old signed a two-year deal and will become the highest-paid player in the history of either rugby code.

Sonny Bill Williams played for New Zealand at the World Cup but is set to return to rugby league

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Sonny Bill Williams played for New Zealand at the World Cup but is set to return to rugby league

Williams is a two-time rugby union World Cup winner with New Zealand having been successful in 2011 and 2015, and he was also part of the All Blacks side who won bronze at the 2019 edition having been eliminated in the semi-final by England.

He has also won two Australian NRL titles in rugby league and will become one of Toronto’s two permitted marquee players, which means that only the first £150,000 of his salary will count towards Super League’s salary cap.


Williams’ move to Toronto was announced on Thursday evening.

As well as playing both rugby codes Williams has also boxed professionally seven times, winning each bout, but he has not fought since 2015.

“Toronto Wolfpack has established themselves as a multicultural and economic powerhouse, not only in the city but across the world,” Williams said on joining the Wolfpack.

“The club has big ambitions and big goals. I want to be part of all this and do all I can to help reach those lofty goals. On the field, I’d like to bring high-quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team.

“Off the field, I’d like to use my experience to mentor the young players and be helpful where I am needed. Super League will be a new challenge and one I’m looking forward to. It will be a new experience and one I’m ready to embrace.”

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