Rugby League: Sonny Bill Williams, wife Alana welcome fourth child

Cross-code rugby star Sonny Bill Williams is a father for the fourth time. 

Williams has posted a photo to social media, announcing wife Alana Raffie has successfully given birth to the couple's fourth child. 

In a later post, Williams revealed the child is a boy, and both baby and mum are "healthy and well". 

"Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah! Baby & mum are healthy and well," Williams tweeted. 

"The stress levels aren't as high fourth time around, but the love we have for this child is the same.

"Alana Williams, I appreciate you, my love." 

The post received more than 20,000 likes on Instagram within minutes. 

In June 2018, Williams became a father for a third time, when Raffie gave birth to their first son, Zaid Williams. The name 'Zaid' is of Muslim origin and translates to 'to prosper'.

The pair were already parents to daughters Aisha and Imman.

Williams recently returned to New Zealand for the birth, taking pre-arranged leave from the Toronto Wolfpack. 

The 34-year-old signed with the Canadain-based English Super League franchise on a two-year deal after the All Blacks' failed Rugby World Cup campaign.

Sonny Bill Williams with the Toronto Wolfpack.
Sonny Bill Williams with the Toronto Wolfpack. Photo credit: Reuters

The Wolfpack are currently last in the Super League, losing their opening three games of the season, including Friday's (NZ time) 32-10 defeat to the Wigan Warriors. 

After last weekend's loss to the Salford Red Devils, Williams said he was starting to get to grips with the 13-man code, after a  five-and-a-half-year spell away.

"Last week, I was happy to get out there and get some minutes under my belt, but I felt I played like a rugby union player playing rugby league.

"But this week, I felt like a league player with rugby skills. I'm happy with how it went."