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Three year Chiefs Super Rugby deal for SBW ?


Sonny Bill Williams has met with Chiefs and NZRU officials in Sydney

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Article Published: Thursday 10 October 2013


Sonny Bill Williams has met with Chiefs and New Zealand Rugby Union officials in Sydney leading to speculation that he has signed a deal to return to Rugby Union.

Witnesses said that they saw Sonny Bill Williams signing documents and later his manager Khoder Nasser was seen exchanging documents with New Zealand Rugby Union manager Neil Sorensen.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie and Wayne Smith also attended the meeting with Sonny Bill Williams.

It is not yet known whether the documents that were exchanged were legal documents or a contract but reports suggest that the NZRU have been trying to sign SBW on a three year contract.

The news comes days after Williams was left out of the New Zealand Rugby League squad for the Rugby League World Cup and then a day later included after he had changed his mind about his availability.

His inclusion has been slammed by many as 21-year-old Tohu Harris was included in the squad but then dropped to make way for Williams.

"When I spoke to (NZ Rugby League coach) Stephen Kearney my body was sore and tired," said Williams, who helped the Sydney Roosters win the NRL Grand Final on Sunday.

"I've not had a rest since 2008 and thought I could go on a vacation with my family but I made a rash decision without thinking about it.

"Afterwards I thought what I would miss out on and remembered how bad I felt in 2008.

"I couldn't look at myself in the mirror so I had to make the phone call and say I was available."

"I'm sorry for taking someone else's spot," Williams told BBC World.

"Now that I'm there, don't expect anything other than a full-hearted performance."

The meeting in Sydney however suggests that Williams has played his last League match for the Roosters and that he will return to Hamilton and play Super Rugby for the Chiefs next season.

As is expected before the deal is officially announced New Zealand Rugby Union manager Neil Sorensen denied that anything had been agreed yet.

"We had a really good meeting, still really keen and are working to bring him home, but nothing has been signed," Sorensen told Reuters.

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