Sonny Bill Williams quashes 'ridiculous' talks of playing for Kiwis or Samoa

Ruben Hill
January 23, 2020

I want to be flying towards the end of the year, not necessarily the start of the year.

"I am fully focused with the Toronto boys and to see if I can still play the 13-man game", he said.

"I haven't proved myself at Super League level", Williams told reporters in Manchester on Wednesday (Thursday NZ time).

Sonny Bill Williams may be a target for both the Kiwis and Toa Samoa but the former All Black says it's "ridiculous" to think about a return to global rugby league at this stage in his return to the code.

Williams was part of the All Blacks World Cup-winning teams in 2011 and 2015 and played his 58th and final Test at November's World Cup in Japan in their bronze match win over Wales.

Williams confirmed he will return to New Zealand after the club's round 2 clash with Salford on February 8th to attend the birth of his child.

"But is it going to change the way I am or do I feel the need to change who I am? No. I wouldn't still be around after 18 or 19 years if I didn't have that inner drive to succeed". I'm sure we'll have that conversation, but the one thing I admire about the coach is that he understands this is a long game.

Toronto, formed ahead of the 2017 campaign, are gearing up for the fourth year in the British game but have yet to receive any monies in central distribution.

Sonny Bill Williams has created a storm in England by declaring he will boycott Super League's title sponsor Betfred because of his religious beliefs. "I haven't played for five years and when I do I'll be a bit rusty but it's about building into the season".

Williams joined up with his new Wolfpack team-mates at their Manchester base more than three weeks ago.

Despite missing the club's only pre-season game against Castleford, the 34-year-old insisted he is fit and ready for selection when the two clubs meet again on February 2nd in what is Toronto's first-ever Super League game.

"I understand the responsibility is to use my profile, in whatever capacity I can to help grow [the game]". "If it means doing a bit more of this stuff, or going and speaking to young kids, I'm for it".

McDermott said: "I'm really excited to be part of a team that I believe could change the face of rugby league in the northern hemisphere". I just do me and do the best I can. "If it opens a few doors for kids in Australia, New Zealand and the islands to succeed ... how cool would that be?"

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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