Rugby league: Toronto Wolfpack eager to sign Sonny Bill Williams

Sonny Bill Williams
Sonny Bill Williams in action for the All Blacks. Photo credit: Getty

Canadian rugby league club Toronto Wolfpack has reportedly pitched a lucrative offer to secure the services of All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams after this year's Rugby World Cup.

And it insists it will do "whatever it takes" to get their man.

Fox Sports Australia reports the English Championship club has offered $5 million to switch codes - again - when his current contract with NZ Rugby is done.

"We are working towards making Sonny Bill Williams a Wolfpack player for 2020," Toronto owner David Argyle told Fox Sports.

"We would love to have him join the Wolfpack family and we will play whatever it takes to make that happen.

"The excitement he would bring to the sport of rugby league in this country would be incredible."

The Wolfpack contested the English second-tier last year, finishing one win away from promotion to the Super League.

But rugby league is fighting for a foothold in the North American market, with Canada and the United States already projected to host the 2025 World Cup.

Williams has already signalled this will his last year in NZ Rugby and a return to league - and probably the NRL Sydney Roosters - was always on the cards.

Manager Kohoder Nasser would not confirm the Toronto approach.

"I don't think it's appropriate to distract Sonny from what is a monumental season for him," he told Fox Sports. 

"My priority is to make sure Sonny is focused on this year with the Blues and making the All Blacks squad. What is to come afterwards will take care of itself."

But Argyle is adamant he wants Williams aboard.

"Sonny is a phenomenal athlete," he said. "He is rugby's LeBron James and we see his recruitment as bigger than when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy.

"He is box office and puts bums on seats." 


Contact Newshub with your story tips: