Sonny Bill Williams says he’s not looking to return to rugby league and is focused on representing New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup. The 33-year-old has made the successful switch from union to league twice during his career, winning the Premiership title with both the Canterbury Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters.
Having been a part of the last Roosters side that won the NRL title in 2013, rumours have recently suggested the Sydney franchise are keen to tempt Williams back to the 13-a-side version of the sport.
However, Williams seems content to stick with union for the time being, having penned a contract that ties him to the New Zealand set-up until after next year’s World Cup in Japan.
He told the Alan Jones Breakfast Show on 2GB: “I’m here in New Zealand, I’m 33. I can’t believe these kinds of rumours still float around.
“I’m trying to stay on the paddock, more so than anything.”
Asked about wanting to represent the All Blacks at a third World Cup, he added: “One hundred per cent. I’ve got one more year left on my contract, which is 2019. God willing, I’m a part of that.”