Sonny Bill Williams is one of the greatest superstars that the world of rugby league – and union – has ever known.
But, prior to his move to Toronto Wolfpack ahead of the 2020 Super League season, Williams also made the move to the UK a number of years before.
The 36-year-old released an autobiography labelled ‘You Can’t Stop The Sun From Shining‘, in which he reveals many secrets that had previously never been heard before.
And, after getting our hands on a copy, Serious About Rugby League found out that one of those secrets was a move to Super League in 2008 following his decision to walk out on current NRL club Canterbury Bulldogs.
Williams was said to be close to a move to the UK big time, but the said Super League club – believed to be Warrington Wolves – rejected the deal when legal action was rumoured.
He instead joined Toulon in French rugby union and spoke about the lost deal in his book.
“One of the Super League clubs reached out and were keen,” he said.
“When I said ‘yeah, I’ll come’ and that I was going to walk out on my contract, they s*** themselves.
“That’s when (Toulon coach) Tana (Umaga) rang.
“It was never in my mind to play rugby (union) until then.”
Of course, Williams did finally play Super League with the Toronto Wolfpack in 2020, but was short lived with the Canadian side getting in trouble following the onset of Covid-19.
The Wolfpack were eventually denied re-access to the UK top flight and disbanded.