It’s no secret that Sonny Bill Williams will eventually return to rugby, more than likely around the time that the World Cup is on.
But Super 15’s Chiefs coach Dave Rennie will try to expedite that process when he heads to Sydney next week.
Sonny Bill is signed until the end of this season only, but there were rumours he had done another “handshake agreement” with Nick Politis to stay an additional year with the Roosters.
However, he left the Chiefs on good terms and has already gone on record saying he “misses the boys” over in New Zealand.
The temptation for Sonny Bill to stay is to become a dual-code world cup winner and to win a premiership with two clubs in rugby league.
Either way, one season of this has been pretty damn good, and while i’d love a return year we can’t begrudge the guy really if he doesn’t.
He’s been more than professional for the club in his time here and has brought with him riches that will last beyond his time here.
From the Herald:
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie plans to meet Sonny Bill Williams when the Super Rugby champions play in Sydney next week, in an attempt to lure the Roosters star back to New Zealand.While Williams is set to help draw another big crowd on Friday night for his first appearance against the club he walked out on five years ago, Rennie is hoping he will return to play for another of his former teams next season.Obviously we will try to get him next year, Rennie said. Obviously there is a bit of stuff to be sorted. But we are certainly trying to catch up with him when we are over in Sydney in a couple of weeks time and we are pretty keen to lure him back as soon as possible.Since the Bulldogs were paid $750,000 in 2008 to release him from the remaining four years of his contract, Williams has only signed for one season at a time and his deal with the Roosters expires on October 31.AdvertisementRoosters boss Nick Politis has made it clear he wants Williams to stay next year and Kiwi officials are hopeful he will be available to play in the end of season World Cup.The Roosters had issues with the NRL registering a vanilla contract for Williams after he agreed to honour a handshake agreement with Politis to return to rugby league at the conclusion of a short stint in Japanese rugby union and a fight against South African heavyweight Francois Botha in February.The NRL eventually registered Williams contract six days before the season opener between the Roosters and the Rabbitohs but it unclear if the 27-year-old would encounter similar hurdles if he was to re-sign for next season.Williams has left no doubt he looks upon his time at the Chiefs with great affection, and Rennie hoped the dual international would return to the team he helped to the Super Rugby title last season, as a replacement for fellow All Black Richard Kahui, who is playing in Japan next year.He will come back to rugby, when is the big question, Rennie told Radio Sport. I think he is almost certain to be here in a World Cup year and he will definitely come back to the Chiefs.Obviously there is a bit of stuff to be sorted. I know he is going great guns for Sydney [Roosters] at the moment so whether he ends up staying another year … or whether he comes back to rugby sooner I am not sure.