9 Aug 2008

Sonny Bill makes rugby union debut

6:52 am on 9 August 2008

The NRL rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams has defied a court order and made his rugby union debut in the south of France.

The Kiwi international was part of Toulon's run-on side in the French club's pre-season friendly against second tier team Carqueiranne-Hyeres.

Williams started the match on the left wing and got his first touch in the fifth minute of the game.

The ex-rugby league star's arrival at the ground was shrouded in secrecy so he could avoid being personally served with a NSW supreme court injunction banning him from playing for Toulon.

Williams was driven into the ground in a car before his teammates arrived on a bus.

Among the sold out crowd of 3,000 were boxer Anthony Mundine and Williams' agent Khoder Nasser.