How cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams could soon play for SAMOA as he prepares for a two-year deal of $ 10 million
- Samoa will approach Sonny Bill Williams about representing the country
- He is understandable to play rugby league for the nation through his father's heritage
- Williams is expected to confirm within the next week that he is making a comeback
- He is expected to sign a two-year deal with Toronto worth about $ 10 million
Samoa coach Matt Parish will approach Sonny Bill Williams as soon as his deal to return to the rugby league with Toronto Wolfpack is ready to talk to him about representing the Pacific nation.
Williams is expected to confirm within the following week that he will return to the 13-man game via the Wolfpack in the English Super League.
The former Prime Minister of Canterbury and Sydney Roosters has represented New Zealand in both competition and trade union, but is eligible to play for Samoa through his father's heritage.
Samoa will approach Sonny Bill Williams (in the photo with his wife) about representing the country when he returns to the rugby competition
The 34-year-old superstar also has a Samoan passport and has been passionate about both codes on the Pacific islands throughout his career.
"We would certainly wait for the ink to dry out in his contract, but we will certainly contact him to gauge his interest," Parish told AAP.
& # 39; I know he is very proud of his Samoan heritage.
& # 39; We would certainly welcome the opportunity to have him on the team. His influence on and off the field would be enormous for a nation like Samoa. & # 39;
Williams is expected to sign a two-year deal worth about $ 10 million with Toronto, which would keep him in the game until the 2021 World Cup.
Samoa insists that their rugby team is well placed, despite the flogging of Saturday night by Fiji.
The former premiere of Canterbury and Sydney Roosters (photo) has represented New Zealand in both competition and trade union, but is eligible to play for Samoa through the heritage of his father
Williams (photo) has represented New Zealand in both his trade union and competition in his career
But there is little doubt that a decision by Williams to represent the country would be their Jason Taumalolo moment.
Just as Taumalolo breathed new life into the international game and boosted the Tongan revolution when he chose to play for them during the 2017 World Cup, other players would probably follow Williams to Samoa.
The nation has pledged all their commitments to Martin Taupau and Anthony Milford, while stars Issac Liu, Jamayne Isaako, Josh McGuire and Josh Papalii are among others eligible.
& # 39; With someone like Sonny, his presence in the group would be huge & # 39 ;, Parish said.
& # 39; All you have to do is look at what he did for the cocks in 2013 when they won the comp.
Williams (pictured with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern) is expected to close a two-year deal worth about $ 10 million with Toronto, which would also keep him in the game until the World Cup 2021
& # 39; He has been in the All Blacks system in recent years. He has certainly been in some great systems.
& # 39; Not many players get the chance to play with Sonny Bill Williams because he only has two or three years left. & # 39;
The Rugby League of New Zealand also confirmed this week that they would welcome Williams with open arms, but said its shape should be strong enough to force its way back into the team.
In the meantime, Parish is also keeping a close eye on whether Toronto is signing England's Manu Tuilagu rugby union center, which is also of Samoan heritage.
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