7 Aug 2008

Mundine lends Williams support in France

12:51 pm on 7 August 2008

The Australian boxer Anthony Mundine has arrived in the south of France to help the runaway Bulldogs NRL star Sonny Bill Williams settle into his new rugby career.

Mundine watched his mate go through his paces during an afternoon training session with his new teammates at Toulon.

After about two hours on the field in blistering conditions, the 23-year-old New Zealand international left with Mundine in a club car.

Mundine also used to play league and has publicly supported Williams's decision to flee the Bulldogs and is believed to be one of the few people who knew about it.

And in his first interview since fleeing Australia, Williams has revealed that one of his reasons for leaving was because of how his former coach Steve Folkes questioned his friendship with Mundine, who's Muslim.

The pre-recorded interview is to be shown on the Australian network Channel Nine's Footy Show.