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SBW set for shock career switch

Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams’ future could be on television as a commentator for both rugby league and union on Channel 9.Williams could follow in the footsteps of past greats who have transitioned into the commentary box with SMH’s Danny Weidler reporting that a meeting this week could seal his future.But more than just being…

Cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams’ future could be on television as a commentator for both rugby league and union on Channel 9.

Williams could follow in the footsteps of past greats who have transitioned into the commentary box with SMH’s Danny Weidler reporting that a meeting this week could seal his future.

But more than just being an NRL commentator, Williams could be the face of the recently acquired rugby union broadcast on Stan.

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Weidler wrote: “There have already been seeds planted and a crucial meeting this week will see if all parties are on the same path.

“Plenty of hosts work across multiple sports but there are few who can work as expert commentators in more than one.”

While nothing is in concrete as yet, It could give Williams some more clarity as to his future after his $10 million contract with Canadian rugby league club the Toronto Wolfpack was ended early after the club was blocked from re-entry into the UK Super League.

The Canadian club decided to withdraw from the 2020 Super League after earning its way into the top flight rugby league competition when the COVID-19 pandemic struck with the cost and logistics of Transatlantic travel proving too difficult for the fledgling club.

Having played just six games for six losses before pulling out, the Super League board rejected the Wolfpack’s submission to return to the Super League competition.

But it also left the career of the NRL premiership winner and two-time Rugby World Cup winner with the All Blacks up in air.

After the season suspension, Williams signed with the Sydney Roosters and although he had mixed reviews, pundits raved about the effect the football great had in the change rooms.

NRL.com reported that SBW would be open to offers once he recovered from neck surgery sustained in the Roosters’ final round loss to South Sydney.

Earlier this month, NRL great Paul Gallen told 2GB he didn’t believe Williams would bother returning to rugby league and instead focus on a boxing career.

“What’s that worth to a club these days? $500,000? That’s decent money for the average Joe but this is Sonny Bill,” Gallen said. “He’s made a whole lot of money his whole careers: is he going to play for $500,000?”

Gallen said SBW could have “three or four fights against bums and earn himself $500,000 to $750,000 a fight”.

Gallen said “he’d probably get a couple of mill if he wanted to fight me”.

But a move into the Nine stable could be lucrative for the sporting superstar, particularly if he pursues a move into boxing.

With a potential move into boxing and the launch of Stan’s sport package, Weidler suggested that SBW could be convinced to do a pay-per-view deal with Stan for his boxing career.

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