BY STAFF WRITERS
Cross-code superstar and new Toronto Wolfpack $10 million man Sonny Bill Williams has declared he places his NRL premierships at the Sydney Roosters and Canterbury above his two rugby union World Cup victories with the All Blacks.
SBW won World Cups with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 and hasn’t played rugby league since leaving the Roosters at the end of 2014 but says the NRL triumphs mean more to him.
“From a sporting point of view? I guess it would have to be the NRL championships that I was a part of – they were a bit more special than anything else. Growing up as a league man, you envisage those moments so much,” Williams told The Telegraph.
“It has been an unbelievable journey to be an All Black. But when I hear some of the boys, like Sammy Cane, talk about the jersey and how much it means to them, I see the same in me when I was young – except that I was dreaming of playing in NRL.”
Meanwhile, fellow Kiwi Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has won the 2019 Golden Boot award ahead of Tongan Sio Siua Taukeiaho and another New Zealander, Jared Waerea-Hargeaves.
Jillaroo Jessica Sergis won the female award.