8 Jan 2014

SBW to play in Auckland

6:53 am on 8 January 2014

Sydney Roosters superstar Sonny Bill Williams is set to play in the Auckland Nines rugby league tournament next month.

The announcement comes just five days after Australian rugby league great Brad Fittler announced he was coming out of retirement to compete in the inaugural edition of the two-day event, and the former Kangaroos skipper says he's anticipating lining up beside dual international Williams.

The inclusion of Williams in the Roosters' side for the Nines would dramatically increase the tournament's profile given the former Rugby World Cup winner's global profile.

With Williams eyeing off a spot in the New Zealand side at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where rugby union sevens will make its Games debut, the nine-a-side rugby league tournament could provide valuable experience for the two-time NRL premiership winner.

Williams' inclusion would also indicate the Roosters' serious intention to add the Nines trophy to their 2013 premiership and possibly the World Club Challenge trophy.