Sonny Bill Williams will make his long-awaited return to the National Rugby League on Saturday after being named on the Sydney Roosters’ bench for the repeat of last year’s championship decider against the Canberra Raiders.
Dual code international Williams, who played a leading role in the Roosters’ 2013 championship season, has been named in Trent Robinson’s matchday squad.
The 35-year-old was released by Toronto Wolfpack in July after the Canadian team pulled out of the restart of Super League Europe due to financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
A twice Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks, Williams has jumped through hoops to link up with the defending champion Roosters, who are fourth in the league with three rounds left before the playoffs.
He needed a special permit to return to Australia from Britain due to COVID-19-related border controls and served a 14-day quarantine upon arrival before being free to train.