SONNY BILL WILLIAMS may turn his back on New Zealand and represent Samoa at this year’s Rugby League World Cup.
He is yet to confirm whether he is available to help the Kiwis defend their title in the UK, with speculation mounting he may in fact turn out for Samoa, along with current second rower Frank Pritchard plus former international props Roy Asotasi and Jeff Lima, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Nigel Vagana, who played for both Samoa and New Zealand, is helping assemble the Samoa squad for the tournament, to be held in October and November.
He was cagey when asked about Williams, and said he would not reveal the identity of players who had made themselves available until later in the year.
“If the cards – or the coconuts – fall our way, we could potentially have the greatest Samoan team ever,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I actually think Tonga could have their best possible team ever as well.
“It has always been a viable option for 18, 19, 20-year-olds to play for the Pacific nations and then go on and play for New Zealand or Australia.
“I did it as a young guy, but what’s happening now is that it’s becoming a serious option for older players, seasoned first-graders.”
Williams is expected to make his NRL comeback for the Sydney Roosters against South Sydney next Thursday.