2019 Moment #2: Sonny Bill Williams Signs On
One of the biggest moments of the Wolfpack’s year came well after the on-field action had ended. After securing Super League promotion through victory in the Championship Final on October 5, an extremely important off-season began for the Toronto expansion Club.
The most incredible piece of business to take place around the Wolfpack squad so far was announced on November 7 when it was confirmed that international, duel-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams was coming to Toronto on a two-year deal.
Fresh off a third-place finish with New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup, Williams and the Wolfpack announced that the household name would be plying his trade in the Super League in 2019, marking a long-awaited return to the game of Rugby League.
Williams had this to say about his decision to sign with the exciting expansion Club:
“Toronto Wolfpack is a club that represents Toronto which is a very multicultural city. The club has big ambitions and big goals. I want to be part of all this and do all I can to help reach those lofty goals. On the field I’d like to bring high quality play and do all I can for the betterment of the team. Off the field I’d like to use my experience to mentor the young players and be helpful where I am needed. Super league will be a new challenge and one I’m looking forward to. It will be a new experience and one I’m ready to embrace.”
A proven performer at the highest levels of both Rugby League and Union, Williams is one of only twenty players to have won multiple Rugby World Cups. A crucial part of the All Blacks teams that triumphed in the 2011 and 2015 tournaments, success has followed Williams wherever he travels. He also has multiple NRL Premierships, Super Rugby Championships and even an undefeated heavyweight boxing record to his name.
Toronto Wolfpack Head Coach, Brian McDermott, also spoke in the wake of the signing:
“We have signed one of the highest profile rugby players, if not sports stars in the world and he will enhance the world of rugby in Toronto and certainly push the brand of the Wolfpack onto another level. The main point of excitement for our club is that we are signing a great Rugby League player who has the hunger to be successful in Super League much as he was in the NRL and Rugby Union.”