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Toronto Wolfpack have as many as 10 rugby union stars on wishlist

By Chris Jones
Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu with the All Blacks in 2015. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Toronto Wolfpack owner David Argyle claims Sonny Bill Williams is one of ten “superstar” rugby union players the ambitious league outfit will target after this year’s World Cup in Japan.


Argyle has already made it clear he wants All Black Williams to be part of his bid to make the sport a success in Canada with promotion to the Super League the main target. To achieve that aim and grab headlines in North America, Argyle is putting is faith in director of rugby Brian Noble and head coach Brian McDermott to land a big name from union.

Argyle says they have identified ten “superstar names” who might become available at the end of the year and have already begun to examine potential targets. “The two Brians are speaking with all of the agents to look at who becomes available for next year,” said Argyle.

“I don’t choose who is recruited, but my view is that it works well for the club to have some of the top names of rugby playing for the Wolfpack. I personally would love to see Sonny Bill Williams in a Toronto Wolfpack shirt. Obviously it comes down to what both Brians say and how it works out and, of course, it comes down to what Sonny Bill says.

“But there are ten really big superstar names out there and we would love to have at least one of those in the squad for next year. There are a few other rugby union players who, after the World Cup, will probably have achieved everything they can in union and might want to come back or jump across to rugby league. I think that’s going to be really exciting, if we are able to secure one or more of those players.”


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