Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams still interested in boxing

The former All Black has made his first official appearance as a Toronto Wolfpack player in London at a packed media conference at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, as he prepares to embark on his new sporting adventure.

Williams has signed a two-year contract worth $10 million to become the face of North America's first professional rugby league team ahead of their English Super League debut.

SBW announcement crashes Toronto Wolfpack website

The signing of the 34-year-old is the biggest in Super League history, and 70,000 people agreed when they attempted to access the club's website once the announcement was made.

Wolfpack owner and Canadian-based Australian mining and resources entrepreneur David Argyle is one of the masterminds behind the signing, and hinted there could be at least two more big names to join the roster in 2020.

Speaking on Sky Sports Radio this morning, Argyle said Williams' star power has already made an impact on Wolfpack sponsors and memberships.

Williams signs for Toronto Wolfpack

The 34-year-old, a two-time Rugby World Cup winner with New Zealand, has switched codes again having signed a contract reportedly worth 9million Canadian dollars that will make him the highest-paid rugby league player in the world.

Williams, who featured for the All Blacks in their run to the World Cup semi-finals last month, began his professional career in the NRL with Canterbury Bulldogs.

After winning a Premiership with the Bulldogs, he switched to union to play for Top 14 club Toulon but returned to the NRL in 2013, winning a second title with Sydney Roosters.

Toronto Wolfpack eye Manu Tuilagi as next 'rock star' alongside Sonny Bill Williams

Toronto, who were promoted last month, are close to confirming the signing of Williams on a lucrative two-year contract.

The Daily Telegraph revealed that Brian McDermott, Toronto's head coach, watched the 34-year-old play for the All Blacks in their World Cup semi-final defeat by England in Yokohama, in which Tuilagi played.

They later held face-to-face talks and, as reported by The Telegraph on Saturday, Williams has been offered a deal that includes a minority stake in the Canadian club.

Samoan link could help Wolfpack lure SBW

Wolfpack coach Brian McDermott is understood to have flown to Japan to meet with Williams, who is reportedly set to be offered a $9 million, two-year deal to finish his playing career in Canada.

The newly promoted Super League club has also been linked to NFL hopeful Christian Wade, a former England rugby union winger who is on the Buffalo Bills practice squad, but believe Williams could have a similar impact for the code in North America to David Beckham signing for LA Galaxy.

Sonny Bill Williams' reported $9.7m post-World Cup offer

The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the 34-year-old, who came off the bench in Saturday’s World Cup semifinal defeat to England, has been offered the two-year deal to play for the Toronto Wolfpack in Europe’s Super League.

The Canadian franchise is funded by Australian mining billionaire David Argyle and will make its debut in the Super League next year after winning promotion by beating Featherstone Rovers in the second division final.

Māori or Pacific Island heritage needed in All Blacks coaching set-up - SBW

Head coach Steve Hansen will complete his tenure after Friday's bronze medal match against Wales in Japan.

Assistant coach Ian Foster has already expressed his interest in the position, while there are sure to be other high profile candidates.

Asked what positive traits Foster could bring to the role, Williams wouldn't be drawn other than to say he knew there would be a lot of interested applicants.

But the cross-code star, who is of Samoan heritage, did reveal a suggestion for New Zealand Rugby about the next All Blacks coaching group.

Sonny Bill Williams seeks forgiveness over Instagram copyright 'misunderstanding'

Williams had asked the social media company yesterday why they removed a photo of him and teammate Ofa Tu'ungafasi from the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup Test against the Springboks before it was revealed the photographer's byline had been cropped out.

In the picture, Williams and Tu'ungafasi are making dua - a Muslim prayer of faith.

After discovering the copyright issue and finding the picture's original photographer, Malaysia Rugby's Faiz Azizan, Williams asked for forgiveness in a re-uploaded version of the picture that included accreditation.

All Blacks shut down Sonny Bill Williams rumours

On Sunday, midfielder Williams was rumoured to be heading home from Japan with a calf injury, but those rumours were quickly shut down by the All Blacks. 

Former rugby reporter Hamish McKay told Radio Sport Williams would be replaced by Manawatu Turbos midfielder Ngani Laumape. 

But sources told Newshub that Laumape had not received a call from All Blacks management to join the squad.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster said Williams was carrying an injury, but the team was doing a good job managing it. 

"Is he going home?" said Foster. "No.

Sonny Bill Williams 'humbled' to be named in NRL team of the decade

Set to be named in the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad on Wednesday, Williams has also been included in the National Rugby League's team of the decade.

Williams, who played just two NRL seasons this decade with the Roosters, made the bench in the chosen 17 picked by a panel of 23 'legends'.

He won a premiership with the Roosters in 2013 and stayed with them the following year before returning to the All Blacks for the 2015 World Cup.

"Grateful and humbled to be named by legends of the game in the NRL team of the decade," Williams wrote on Twitter on Thursday.