New Zealand Rugby
Tew quiet on Sonny Bill's future
June 26, 2012
Sonny Bill was in electric form last weekend for the All Blacks © Getty Images
Sonny Bill Williams has decided where he will play his rugby next season with reports in Australia suggesting he will return back to league.
Williams is widely anticipated to be journeying to Japan for a short stint after the current season of Super Rugby comes to an end and former Kangaroo Matthew Johns has suggested that he will then move to Australia to take in one season of NRL.
"We can reveal now that by all reports we're hearing, the deal is all but done ... they believe that most certainly Sonny Bill Williams will be at the Roosters next year," Johns told Triple M. "But is it worth it? He's going to play 12 games in Japan with Panasonic. Through his time at the Roosters he'll go to South Africa to do one boxing match. And he'll only sign a one-year deal, so after 12 months of all that, you'll have to go through it again.''
New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew claims that he knows where Williams will be next season and it will be made official in due course.
"We've put our position on the table for Sonny Bill. (Williams' agent) Khoder [Nasser] has respected that," Tew said. "They've made whatever decision they've made in the full knowledge of what we could do and what we wanted to do and unfortunately we are bound by his desire to announce that on a timeline that suits him not us.''
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