Sonny Bill Williams has been linked with a return to the Top 14.
Although it was thought that a number of Australian rugby league clubs were interested in bringing Sonny Bill Williams to the NRL, since the turn of the year rumours linking the double World Cup winner with a move to Toulon have grown louder.
In recent weeks, La Provence reported that Toulon had agreed a deal in principle with 33 times capped All Black. However, given his commitments with New Zealand’s sevens team, his arrival date was the final stumbling block to be negotiated.
Last weekend Var Martin claimed that the issue had been resolved, and that Toulon were essentially waiting for Sonny Bill to sign the contract on offer.
Mourad Boudjellal then confirmed that Toulon had in fact offered the centre a contract in La Provence on Wednesday, but claimed that a number of rugby league clubs and Racing 92 remained interested in signing the player.
Nevertheless, the same article suggested that Toulon would release Quade Cooper this summer to make way for the arrival of Sonny Bill. As a result, many believed an announcement to be imminent.
While Toulon might not officially declare the signing of Sonny Bill Williams for another few days, the front page of tomorrow’s Midi Olimpique states that the All Black centre is indeed on his way back to the Top 14.
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Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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