Monday, 9th July 2012
In Japan Sports News,
Rugby ace heads to Japan
Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams is to play rugby in Japan on a short-term contract beginning later this year.
The All Blacks player told a news conference in Hamilton on Monday that he is to join Japan's Panasonic Wild Knights rugby club.
He will play for the team for 12 matches when the current Super 15 season ends.
According to the Telegraph, the Australian media has speculated that Williams could receive as much as $1.2 million (£790,000) for his short time with the Panasonic Wild Knights.
It is thought that Williams could also be in negotiations to return to Australia's National Rugby League in 2013, perhaps joining the Sydney Roosters club.
For rejoining this league, it is believed he could receive more than $800,000.
Last month, from the 5th to 13th, Japan hosted the Pacific Nations Cup – a rugby tournament between Japan, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, which won the competition.
Written by Mark Smith
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