Dual-code legend Sonny Bill Williams will return to the Sydney Roosters in a mentor capacity for teenage sensation Joseph Suaalii.
The Sun Herald’s Danny Weidler revealed the development reporting that Williams was spotted at the club’s training facility last Thursday.
“SBW also met with Roosters chairman Nick Politis, who has long wanted the dual international to have a role with the club post-football,” Weidler wrote.
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“Politis wants it even more after signing Suaalii. The pair will work well together.”
Williams himself burst onto the NRL scene as a fresh-faced 17-year-old with the Bulldogs back in 2004, winning a premiership in his first season.
The cross-code star had two stints in rugby union from 2008 to 2012 and 2015 to 2019, playing 58 Test matches and winning two World Cups in 2011 and 2015.
He returned to rugby league with the Roosters from 2013 to 2014, winning a premiership in his first year and played five games last season after his Super League team the Toronto Wolfpack went under.
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The 35-year-old will now dedicate himself to a boxing career, but will work with the Roosters in a coaching capacity this season, specifically as a mentor to Suaalii.
Suaalii made an eye-catching debut for North Sydney, the Roosters feeder club, in a trial last weekend, scoring two tries against the Raiders.
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The 17-year-old prodigy is expected to be given an age exemption to play in the NRL from early this season, despite not turning 18 (the usual minimum) until August 1.
However Trent Robinson is reluctant to rush him into first grade until later in the season after he gets some more football under his belt, with his Bears debut his first game in more than a year.
Originally published as‘The pair will work well together’: SBW returns to Roosters as mentor for Suaalii
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