Toronto Wolfpack hold face-to-face talks with Sonny Bill Williams over league switch


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He said then: “If we had someone like him it would raise the profile of rugby league in Canada and Toronto Wolfpack.

“That would be great for us, but I would quickly add that he would have to be good as well.

“I don’t just mean world-class headline-grabbing, but someone who is willing to make those tackles from marker, do the ugly stuff, have his nose bent and do the warrior-like performances week in and week out that some of these superstar players have in their game already. I’m going to make sure that he’s tough enough as well.”

Fan favourite: Williams signs autographs in Yokohama.Credit:Getty

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Toronto’s director of rugby, Brian Noble, is overseeing the club’s recruitment and told BBC Radio 5 Live’s rugby league podcast: “His agent, I would say, has probably been in contact with many clubs.

“If he is leaving the All Blacks, I am confident there are two or three NRL clubs that are in there battling to secure his services.”

Williams, who previously won 12 caps for New Zealand in rugby league, still has one game left at the World Cup as the All Blacks take on Wales in the third-place play-off on Friday.

Meanwhile, Warrington forward Joe Philbin looks set to make his Great Britain debut after being drafted in to the squad to take on New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

Philbin replaces St Helens prop Luke Thompson, who damaged a rib in last weekend’s defeat against Tonga.

Oliver Gildart (shoulder) also misses out while Lachlan Coote has been dropped and replaced by St Helens teammate Jonny Lomax at fullback.

New Zealand have recalled halfback Kieran Foran after a two-year absence in place of Shaun Johnson.

The Telegraph, London

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