There has been much speculation over the future of Sonny Bill Williams.
Since the conclusion of the World Cup, speculation over the future of Sonny Bill Williams has gradually intensified.
The first reports suggesting that the double World Cup winning centre would leave New Zealand emerged in December on kiwi news site, Stuff, who reported that Australian NRL side, the Sydney Roosters, were releasing a number of fringe players to make space for Williams.
However, little over a week later, French rugby publication Midi Olympique, argued that Toulon were looking into the possibility of bringing Williams back to the Stade Mayol.
And @midi_olympique says the “coming months” could see the return to France of Sonny Bill with Toulon interested in welcoming him back
— gavin mortimer (@gavinmortimer7) December 11, 2015
While few would doubt Toulon’s ability to lure the 33 times capped New Zealand international to the south of France, links associating Williams with a move to the NRL persisted.
In mid January, the Australian Daily Telegraph also reported that the Roosters were releasing a number of players so that they could sign Williams and comply with salary cap regulations.
Their story was given further weight, as the Rooster’s coach told the Telegraph, ‘If Sonny decides to come back to rugby league, we’d love to be his club of choice’.
Despite the persistent stories linking the All Black centre with a move to the Roosters, at the close of the month, La Provence suggested that Toulon had opened contract negotiations with Williams.
However, it now appears Mourad Boudjellal has got his man, after La Provence this morning reported that negotiations are at an advanced stage, with Williams’ arrival date the final item to be agreed upon.
The French newspaper believe that Williams will either make his return to the Stade Mayol either after the Olympics or at the beginning of 2017.
With Mathieu Bastareaud rumoured to be taking a year long sabbatical in Japan from January 2017, it would make sense if Williams joined Toulon at the same time.
Such a move will no doubt excite Toulon fans, and see Williams once more link up with Ma’a Nonu.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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