Sonny Bill Williams switches code to join Toronto Wolfpack

Sonny Bill Williams played 58 Tests for New Zealand
Sonny Bill Williams played 58 Tests for New Zealand

Former All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams has returned back to rugby league after signing a two-year contract with Toronto Wolfpack.

According to a report in Nine news, Williams has signed the deal to the tune of $10 million making it the richest contract in the history of rugby union and rugby league.

This will be Williams' third stint in rugby league after representing Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters in the past and has won NRL titles with both. He also represented New Zealand in the rugby league and was part of the side that lost to Australia in the 2013 World Cup final.

The 34-year-old first switched code to rugby union in 2008 when he played for Toulon and had represented Canterbury, Crusaders, Chiefs, Panasonic Wild Knights, Counties Manukau and Auckland Blues in the past.

His association with the All Blacks started in 2010 and is among the 20 players in the history of the game to have won dual World Cup titles when New Zealand emerged victorious during the 2011 and 2015 editions. Overall, he has played 58 Tests for New Zealand and announced retirement following the 2019 World Cup in Japan where they finished third.

Williams also held World Boxing Association International heavyweight title and New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title before it was stripped off after he failed to respond to challenges.

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