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Sonny Bill Williams urges Wallaby Quade Cooper to switch to league

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 September, 2012, 3:50am
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All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams said yesterday he was trying to convince mercurial Wallaby Quade Cooper to join him in the switch to Australian rugby league.

Williams said he would return to league earlier this year after a season with Japanese rugby union side Panasonic Wild Knights, and is heavily rumoured to be joining the Bondi-based Sydney Roosters.

The 27-year-old, also New Zealand's heavyweight boxing champion, said he was trying to lure Australia's Cooper to join him in the code switch, with the divisive fly-half under a cloud after last month's thrashing by the Kiwis.

"If people are saying he is not wanted in rugby … if they think he is not good enough to be playing for Australia then I would love to lure him across to rugby league for a year," Williams told Sydney's Sunday Telegraph newspaper.