SBW confirms move to Toronto

Sonny Bill Williams in action for the All Blacks

New Zealand center and twice World Cup victor Sonny Bill Williams has agreed to join the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league team ahead of their debut in England's top-tier Super League next year, the Canadian side said on Thursday.

The 34-year-old has reportedly become the highest-paid rugby player from either code after agreeing to terms that will see him at the Canadian club until the end of the 2021 season.

Williams, who lifted the World Cup with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015, won the National Rugby League Premiership in 2004 with the Bulldogs and in 2013 with the Sydney Roosters.

Although Williams has been plagued by injury in recent years, and at 34 is nearing the twilight of his playing career, the Toronto Wolfpack believe he offers vast value as they prepare to debut in the English Super League. "Our city is proud of the success of this team so far and we're ready to keep cheering them on in the Super League".

"I'd like to thank all those fans in New Zealand and around the world who have supported me".

"Sonny Bill Williams will provide an immediate impact for rugby league in the Northern Hemisphere and for the development of rugby in North America", Meninga said.

All Blacks midfielder Sonny Bill Williams has given thanks to the New Zealand rugby community and fans following the announcement that he will leave New Zealand to play overseas.

"The excitement he will bring to the sport of rugby league in this country will be incredible", Toronto chairman and chief executive Bob Hunter said.

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"Having someone of his talent join the Wolfpack will greatly raise the profile of the club, and also help move the game forward globally".

And Australian rugby league officials have wasted little time capitalising on SBW fever with coach Mal Meninga confirming they would play a warm-up match against Williams and the Wolfpack as part of their 2020 Kangaroos tour.

"On the field I'd like to bring high quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team", Williams added.

"I'm meeting a producer from Hollywood who is flying out on Sunday from LA to meet with me, he wants to shoot the true, gritty behind the scenes of how and why we're here, the story of our road to the Super League".

"Off the field I'd like to use my experience to mentor the young players and be helpful where I am needed".

Nine months later, the club finally confirmed that it, and Argyle's chequebook, had sealed Williams' signature, and his reputation as one of the game's most successful players.

Williams was part of the New Zealand sevens team that lost in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

It is understood the Wolfpack are chasing a number of other high-profile additions, with England rugby union worldwide centre Manu Tuilagi also a top target.

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