Sonny Bill Williams opens discussions over a Test comeback with New Zealand
SONNY Bill Williams has made the first step back to a Test rugby league return, with New Zealand.
But a triumphant comeback to the Kiwis in next year’s World Cup is believed to be a long way away.
That leaves the door open for the dual-code superstar to represent Samoa, where his father hails from, in England.
SunSport understands Williams has held talks with New Zealand chiefs about pulling a black jersey on again.
However, one source indicated the 35-year-old was not playing anything like well enough to even be considered for Michael Maguire’s side.
And the Super League shutdown is not likely to have helped his chances.
Williams’ return to rugby league with Toronto Wolfpack sparked almost immediate talk of who he would represent at international level.
Geoff Brown from Samoa Rugby League is in no doubt which shirt he wants him to wear, along with other current New Zealand internationals.
He said: “We feel Sonny Bill Williams and players like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Nelson Asofa-Solomona would add to an already talented Toa squad.
“Sonny Bill could change the game on a whole different level in a blue Jersey of Samoa. It's a choice to represent family.”
And Toronto team-mate Ricky Leutele also hopes to line up alongside Williams for Samoa.
He told SunSport: “It would be awesome for Samoa and the whole game if Sonny does play for us.
“Everywhere Sonny goes, success follows. His presence alone makes you want to set high standards because of what he’s done in both codes of rugby.
“There’s just as much potential with Samoa.
“What Tonga has done has stamped their authority in international rugby league and I’m proud as a Pacific islander.
“There’s no jealousy at all, what Tonga has done is awesome. I’m hoping Samoa can do the same.”
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