General The SBW And Quade Cooper Circus

ToiletDuck

Dr Faggot
Contributor
Mar 30, 2012
3,369
Auckland
I'm sure this will get some air time on here so thought I'd get in first...nothing we didn't know already, but it's at least official. Happy to see both he and Folau back in league. Bums on seats for sure. Story below..

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Link NRL.com

The Sydney Roosters are thrilled to confirm that superstar athlete Sonny Bill Williams will make his highly-anticipated return to rugby league with the foundation club in 2013.

Williams – who stands at 194cm and weighs in at 104kg – has agreed to a one season deal with the Roosters and will officially commence with the Tricolours in February, 2013 following a five-year absence from the code.

“This is a great coup for our proud club. Today, Sonny is making good on his promise to me that if he ever elected to return to rugby league, he would do so in the famous red, white and blue colours of the Sydney Roosters, and we are delighted to welcome him,” said Sydney Roosters Chairman, Mr Nick Politis.

“We are keenly aware of what Sonny brings to the table – his experience as a professional athlete is unmatched in our game. Not only is he bound to have a massive impact on the footy field but away from it as well.

“I am sure that every Roosters Member and supporter is as excited as the Roosters players and staff to have him joining our club. Even fans of other clubs and codes will be keen to witness Sonny’s return to the game.”

In his time away from rugby league, Williams played professional rugby in France and New Zealand, with the dual international winning a Super Rugby Title and Rugby World Cup. A professional boxer, he is also New Zealand’s current Heavyweight Champion.

Roosters Head Coach, Trent Robinson, said: “Anybody that has dealt with Sonny knows that he is a professional. He’s a great leader and is to be commended for the way he lives his life both on and off the footy field.

“Sonny is quite a remarkable athlete, an instinctive footballer, and I am really looking forward to working with him as part of our squad.”

27 year-old Williams made his NRL debut in 2004 aged just 18 and already achieved success at the highest level.

“After a five year absence from the game, I have today signed a one season deal with the Sydney Roosters,” said Williams.

“This follows a long-standing promise I have had in place with Roosters Chairman, Nick Politis, that if I ever returned to rugby league, it would be in the red, white and blue of the famous Sydney Roosters club.

“I am really excited to be making my return with a great club like the Roosters. I have met with Nick and Trent and I am motivated to meet the challenges we have discussed head-on.

“This isn’t a decision I have made for money – if that was the case, I would be staying with rugby union. I have signed with the club for one season so as to fulfil my pre-existing boxing commitments.

“I have set myself a number of personal goals and challenges I want to achieve as part of this club and want to do all I can to help the Roosters win a premiership.

“There is a great team here that I am looking forward to being a part of and I can’t wait to get started.”
 

MarkW

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 12, 2012
1,905
Orcland
ai.qkme.me_3rr8a5.jpg
 

ToiletDuck

Dr Faggot
Contributor
Mar 30, 2012
3,369
Auckland
He doesn't want to be there. I watched the press conference and wrote about it here: https://www.leaguefreak.com/sonny-bill-williams-does-not-want-to-play-rugby-league-3452/

Describing signing with the Roosters as a "glass half full" opportunity....that says it all.


Yeah, there were a couple of odd things about it, including this comment...

“This isn’t a decision I have made for money – if that was the case, I would be staying with rugby union. I have signed with the club for one season so as to fulfil my pre-existing boxing commitments."

Just what every fan wants to hear, talking about your signing with their club with your other sporting commitments squarely in focus.
 
  • Like
Reactions: League Freak

allenWARRIORS

Waterboy
Nov 8, 2012
9
manukau
Yeah, there were a couple of odd things about it, including this comment...

“This isn’t a decision I have made for money – if that was the case, I would be staying with rugby union. I have signed with the club for one season so as to fulfil my pre-existing boxing commitments."

Just what every fan wants to hear, talking about your signing with their club with your other sporting commitments squarely in focus.


does eny one know how much hes on?
 

Mean_Maori_Mean

U20's Player
Sep 20, 2012
29
The kiwis team will be deadly!

1. Hoffman/Locke
2. Nightingale
3. Inu
4. SKD/Matai
5. Perrett/Beale/Vatuvei
6. Foran
7. Marshall
8. Matulino
9. Luke
10. Kasiano
11. SBW
12. Glenn/Smith
13. Mannering

14. Johnson/Leuluai
15. Bromwich
16. Smith/Glenn
17. Warea-Hargreaves/McKendry/Eastwood
 

allenWARRIORS

Waterboy
Nov 8, 2012
9
manukau
The kiwis team will be deadly!

1. Hoffman/Locke
2. Nightingale
3. Inu
4. SKD/Matai
5. Perrett/Beale/Vatuvei
6. Foran
7. Marshall
8. Matulino
9. Luke
10. Kasiano
11. SBW
12. Glenn/Smith
13. Mannering

14. Johnson/Leuluai
15. Bromwich
16. Smith/Glenn
17. Warea-Hargreaves/McKendry/Eastwood


solid team, in my opinion id hav sbw in the centers, jus to have that extra mungral in the center D.line, as we have qulity in the back row alrdy :)
 

Mean_Maori_Mean

U20's Player
Sep 20, 2012
29
Top team I'd go with this.

1. Locke
2. Nightingale
3. Inu
4. Beale
5. Perrett
6. Foran
7. Marshall
8. Matulino
9. Luke
10. Kasiano
11. SBW
12. Proctor
13. Mannering

14. Glenn
15. Bromwich
16. Warea-Hargreaves
17. Vatuvei
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,809
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
He doesn't want to be there. I watched the press conference and wrote about it here: https://www.leaguefreak.com/sonny-bill-williams-does-not-want-to-play-rugby-league-3452/

Describing signing with the Roosters as a "glass half full" opportunity....that says it all.
I read an article not so long ago that had him saying that he regretted leaving Union. He actually made a handshake deal with the Roosters before the 2011 RWC and the Chiefs 2012 Super 15 title win. He regretted it because had he of realised that he was going to be finally successful at Union than he would of stayed. Memory might be playing chinese whispers on me so I'll look for a link.

Yeah, there were a couple of odd things about it, including this comment...

“This isn’t a decision I have made for money – if that was the case, I would be staying with rugby union. I have signed with the club for one season so as to fulfil my pre-existing boxing commitments."

Just what every fan wants to hear, talking about your signing with their club with your other sporting commitments squarely in focus.
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...to-return-to-nrl/story-fn8ti7yn-1226457023497

MUST READ... Hazam El Masri doesnt think SBW should be allowed back! I agree.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/7941599/Ex-teammate-attacks-SBWs-league-return
 
  • Like
Reactions: KPWarrior

League Freak

U20's Player
Oct 7, 2012
85
Sydney
I read an article not so long ago that had him saying that he regretted leaving Union. He actually made a handshake deal with the Roosters before the 2011 RWC and the Chiefs 2012 Super 15 title win. He regretted it because had he of realised that he was going to be finally successful at Union than he would of stayed. Memory might be playing chinese whispers on me so I'll look for a link.


https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...to-return-to-nrl/story-fn8ti7yn-1226457023497

MUST READ... Hazam El Masri doesnt think SBW should be allowed back! I agree.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/7941599/Ex-teammate-attacks-SBWs-league-return

Yeah he hasnt wanted to at all. Why any team would any a player who doesnt want it....I dont know.
 

facefacts

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 26, 2012
2,787
I read an article not so long ago that had him saying that he regretted leaving Union. He actually made a handshake deal with the Roosters before the 2011 RWC and the Chiefs 2012 Super 15 title win. He regretted it because had he of realised that he was going to be finally successful at Union than he would of stayed. Memory might be playing chinese whispers on me so I'll look for a link.


https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...to-return-to-nrl/story-fn8ti7yn-1226457023497

MUST READ... Hazam El Masri doesnt think SBW should be allowed back! I agree.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/7941599/Ex-teammate-attacks-SBWs-league-return


He's not back yet!!.......just because SBW signed a league contract, doesn't mean he will honor it.

He's not exactly a "my word is my bond" kinda guy.
 

KPWarrior

1st Grade Fringe
May 19, 2012
740
Melbourne
I read an article not so long ago that had him saying that he regretted leaving Union. He actually made a handshake deal with the Roosters before the 2011 RWC and the Chiefs 2012 Super 15 title win. He regretted it because had he of realised that he was going to be finally successful at Union than he would of stayed. Memory might be playing chinese whispers on me so I'll look for a link.


https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...to-return-to-nrl/story-fn8ti7yn-1226457023497

MUST READ... Hazam El Masri doesnt think SBW should be allowed back! I agree.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/7941599/Ex-teammate-attacks-SBWs-league-return
Yeah I remember reading that too, which kinda makes this whole thing even more bizarre, unless he's trying to improve his image and gain some integrity (in league circles) but then why bother? You can walk away from a 5 year deal with the Dogs but you can't get out of a handshake deal from 2 years ago to join the Roosters? But then again it's a World Cup year, he likes his $$ but I think he likes the big stage just as much!
 
  • Like
Reactions: Xfactor

Last Game

27 Aug

16 - 28
5.6 Total Avg Rating
0.0 Your Avg Rating

Highest Rated Player

Lowest Rated Player

Compiled from 5 ratings