Sonny Bill Williams would “100%” take a pay cut in coronavirus crisis

Drew Darbyshire

Toronto’s superstar signing Sonny Bill Williams says he would be more than willing to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The dual-code New Zealand international returned to rugby league in the off-season to become the highest paid rugby player in the world for Super League newcomers Toronto.

Williams’ contract with the Wolfpack is believed to be in the region of £5.4million over the two years he will spend with the Canadian club.

When asked if he would take a pay cut, Williams told Sky Sports News: “A 100%, I would be that way inclined.

“When it comes to taking pay cuts, to keep the game afloat, it would be crazy not to think that’s going to occur, especially with the way things are happening in the sporting world.

“I consider myself in a privileged position and (I am) taking a step back and understanding that sport is just a game and there are things in life that are more important.

“But in terms of sport, it is crazy to think some organisations might not make it through.”

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