28 Jul 2008

Sonny Bill unrepentant after bailing out: Mundine

1:25 pm on 28 July 2008

Sonny Bill Williams believes he's doing the right thing after walking out on the National Rugby League to pursue a rugby union career in France, according to close friend Anthony Mundine.

Mundine spoke to Williams last night as the AWOL Bulldogs superstar was at Singapore airport bound for Europe, where he's expected to take up a two-year deal worth over $3 million with the Tana Umaga-coached Toulon - despite having four years to run on his NRL contract.

Mundine, a two-time former world champion boxer and ex-NRL player, says Williams genuinely feels in his heart and in his mind that he's done the right thing.

Williams told Mundine that if someone who was close to him was in the same situation he would show them all the support he could and he hoped in time his close friends and fans would understand and be there for him.

Mundine says Williams sees the move as a new challenge and also an escape from unwelcome media in Sydney.