All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams is preparing for his final All Blacks' test against Wales on Friday but the star centre is reportedly also weighing up a bold offer from Canada’s Toronto Wolfpack that would make him the highest-paid player in both Rugby League and Rugby Union.
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The Wolfpack, who won promotion to England’s Super League this month, is prepared to pay Williams Aus$9.0 million ($6.2 million) over two years, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
It said several rugby clubs were also chasing his signature but could not match the Wolfpack’s offer, which it described as a record for both codes. Williams is off contract with New Zealand Rugby at the end of the Rugby World Cup and has also been linked with a switch back to rugby league but this time in a coaching capacity with the Roosters.
Citing unnamed sources, the Sydney Morning Herald said the bidding war was set to prove too rich for clubs in Australia’s NRL, where Williams began his remarkable sporting career.
The Wolfpack have made no secret of their desire to recruit one of rugby’s most recognisable players and have the funds to do it thanks to mining-magnate owner David Argyle.
Australian-born Argyle said earlier this year that Williams “is box office and puts bums on seats”.
“He is rugby’s LeBron James and we see his recruitment as bigger than when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy,” he told Fox Sports Australia in February.