Sonny Bill Williams put questions over his immediate future to bed after he penned a new deal with the NZRU that will see him line up for the Chiefs next season.
Williams had previously hinted that he would switch back to Rugby League after moving to Union back in 2008 while free bets placed suggested a move abroad also looked on the cards, but now the former Crusaders man has signed a one year deal to keep him in the country, with NZRU general manager Neil Sorensen delighted with his decision to stay put.
“He was exciting to watch in Super Rugby this year, and he played an important role in the spectacular Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks side,” he said. “He’s a special player who creates some real excitement and interest in the game with his style of rugby.”
“We’re looking forward to seeing him create some more excitement in a Chiefs, as well as an All Blacks, jersey next year.” He added.
Numerous SupeRugby franchises were in for Williams’ services but it was free bet favourites for his signature the Chiefs and their CEO Gary Dawson that were left elated, describing the signing of the World Cup winner as “outstanding news” for his team.
“He is a world-class athlete who brings with him a unique set of skills and qualities.” He said. “We are delighted he has chosen to play with us next year and we’re looking forward to welcoming him next year. This is outstanding news for Chiefs fans,”
New Chiefs coach Dave Rennie added: “We’re rapt Sonny’s joining the Chiefs,” Rennie said. “He had a very good World Cup and his professionalism and work ethic will have a great influence on what is a very young team.”