SBW awaits Oz clearance

2013-03-01 07:34
Sonny Bill Williams (Getty)

Sydney - Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams's highly anticipated return to rugby league is yet to be approved by Australian officials, just days away from his first scheduled game, a report said on Friday.

The multi-talented sportsman walked out mid-season on the Canterbury Bulldogs five years ago to play French rugby union and has since been a member of the Rugby World Cup-winning New Zealand team of 2011 and even dabbled in boxing.

But with less than a week to go before his rugby league comeback with the Sydney Roosters on Thursday, Williams's one-year contract has yet to be ratified by salary cap auditor Ian Schubert, The Sydney Morning Herald said.

"We are waiting for some information that has been requested from the club," National Rugby League (NRL) spokesperson John Brady told the paper.

"Everyone is aware of the need to process this as soon as possible."

Roosters chief executive Brian Canavan said the club would provide the requested paperwork, adding that he did not foresee problems, although details were not revealed.

"The registration is conditional on some paperwork to be supplied," he said.

"There's a bit more detail (needed) in some of the correspondence we sent through, which is virtually assembled now."

Clubs must lodge signed statutory declarations that they comply with the salary cap by March 1.

The return of Williams to rugby league comes less than a month after he won a controversial 10-round heavyweight boxing bout against veteran South African Frans Botha.

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has acknowledged the player's star power.

"I've watched him box, I've watched him play rugby union, I've watched him play rugby league," Smith told the paper.

"He'll be great for rugby league. I hear he's a pretty top bloke as well."

Read more on:    sonny bill williams  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.