Published: Fri, November 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sonny Bill Williams switches code to join Toronto Wolfpack

Sonny Bill Williams switches code to join Toronto Wolfpack

England rugby internationals Manu Tuilagi and Ben Te'o are believed to be next on the Wolfpack's bold hit-list following reports they will confirm signing All Black Williams on a two-year deal worth a staggering $10 million. An illustrious union profession noticed him win the Rugby World Cup with New Zealand in 2011 and 2015. Three early-season video games shall be at impartial websites in England together with the opener on February 2 at Headingley Stadium in Leeds in opposition to the Castleford Tigers which shall be a part of a doubleheader with a Leeds Rhinos match.

Williams has had two spells in rugby league, with Australian sides Canterbury Bulldogs from 2004-08 and Sydney Roosters from 2013-14, winning the NRL title with both.

The 2020 Super League season opens January 30 when the Wigan Warriors host the Warrington Wolves, winners of the 2019 Challenge Cup.

Williams will be one of the Wolfpack's two marquee signings which means only the first £150,000 of his salary will count on the league's salary cap.

That came just three years after forming, meaning top flight rugby league will be played in North America for the first time in 2020.

Tuilagi, a key man in England's race to the Rugby World Cup final, rejected a lucrative offer from the French Racing 92 team earlier this year to extend his stay with Leicester and Murphy is confident he will reject the last approach.

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The transatlantic rugby league team will play its first home game in Round 11, on April 18 against Hull FC at Lamport Stadium.

The signing of Sonny Bill Williams is huge for rugby league across the United Kingdom and North America.

Signing a player who is arguably the best known in either code will now lift the Wolfpack's profile immeasurably throughout Canada.

Super League chief commercial officer Rhodri Jones said: "We're delighted to be able to share the full 2020 schedule with our fans, and after a lot of work, are happy with what's been created".

Other notable games on the schedule include the March 5 road match against the Leeds Rhinos which will mark coach Brian McDermott's return to a place where he enjoyed Super League success, the April 11 match where the Wolfpack will head to France to take on Catalans Dragons, and the May 24 encounter against the Huddersfield Giants played as part of the league's Magic Weekend showcase at St. James Park in Newcastle. It won promotion to the top-tier Super League in October with a 24-6 win over Featherstone Rovers in the Million Pound Game.

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