Rugby League: Sonny Bill Williams '100 percent' willing to take Toronto Wolfpack pay cut

Sonny Bill Williams insists he would happily take a pay cut if it helps to keep rugby league going during an uncertain period for the sport. 

The dual-code New Zealand international returned to rugby league in the off-season to become the highest-paid rugby player in the world for the Toronto Wolfpack, earning a reported £5million (NZ$10m) over two years. 

However Willams' addition to the team hasn't been too successful, with the Wolfpack winless after six games in the Super League season, before the coronavirus pandemic forced the season to be suspended. 

Williams is currently in lockdown with his family in Manchester, where the Wolfpack's UK base is located.

With no matchday income and other sources of revenue severely impacted, it is thought some clubs could soon be on the brink of collapse without financial aid, but Super League officials believe all 12 clubs will be around for the resumption, whenever that comes.

When asked by Sky Sports UK if he would be willing to take a pay cut due to the unprecedented situation, the 34-year-old didn't hesitate. 

"A hundred percent, I would be that way inclined," said Williams. 

"When it comes to taking pay cuts, to keep the game afloat, it would be crazy not to think that's going to occur, especially with the way things are happening in the sporting world.

"I consider myself in a privileged position and [I am] taking a step back and understanding that sport is just a game and there are things in life that are more important.

"But in terms of sport, it is crazy to think some organisations might not make it through."

The stop of play was good timing from Williams' perspective as he was set to spend two months on the sidelines recovering from minor knee surgery. 

"The injury came at a pretty good time - we have probably got a couple of months off at least," Williams added. 

"They found a bit of scar tissue and cleaned it up.

"It has been a difficult start [for Toronto] but I love it. This is the game I grew up playing."