Sonny Bill Williams' arrival crashes Toronto Wolfpack website

Jonathan Davies excelled in rugby league after joining Widnes

Jonathan Davies excelled in rugby league after joining Widnes

Sonny Bill Williams has completed his cross-code return to rugby league after signing for Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack on a two-year deal.

"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".

Speaking following Toronto's capture of cross-code icon Sonny Bill Williams, Meninga said the prospect of a match against the Wolfpack was one he looked forward to.

"The club has big ambitions and big goals", the 34-year-old said.

Toronto - backed by the Australian oil tycoon David Argyle - play their first Super League game against Castleford on February 2.

The two-time Rugby World Cup victor is reported to have inked a contract with the Canadian side worth £2.6 million a year (R45 million) which would be a record deal for either rugby league or union.

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

A former professional boxer who won all seven of his bouts, Williams was stripped of his belts in 2013 after failing to defend his global and New Zealand heavyweight titles.

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

"I never dreamed that I'd play in the black jersey for ten years playing alongside some of the legends of the game, and I'm grateful for the support of so many people in helping me grow as a footy player over that time", Williams said in a statement released by New Zealand Rugby.

Williams also won a Super Rugby title with the Chiefs in 2012 and thanked New Zealand Rugby officials for their support during a career where he was also allowed to box for the country's heavyweight boxing title.

Williams, who won bronze at the Rugby World Cup last week after the All Blacks fell to England in the semi-finals, brings plenty of star power to a transatlantic team who started in the third tier of English rugby league in 2017.

"The main point of excitement for our club is that we are signing a great rugby league player who has the hunger to be successful in Super League much as he was in the NRL and rugby union".

"Sonny is a phenomenal athlete and we believe he is rugby's LeBron James and his addition to our league is comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy".

Meanwhile, Australia coach Mal Meninga has confirmed he wants the Kangaroos to play Toronto at the end of 2020.

Recent speculation has suggested the Wolfpack would host the world champions ahead of their trip to the United Kingdom for a three-game series against England next year. "In our sport, Sonny Bill Williams has been and is that player", Pallett said.

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