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Tigers trying to snare Sonny Bill - report

By David Skipwith

Published: 5:12PM Tuesday March 13, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The Wests Tigers have reportedly entered the race to snare Sonny Bill Williams, who is widely expected to return to rugby league in 2013.

While the Sydney Roosters are favourites to secure the Waikato Chiefs' midfielder, the Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that the Tigers want the All Black's signature.

The report said Williams' manager Khoder Nasser received an approach from Tigers football manager Warren McDonnell, but it is uncertain if discussions will continue.

While the Roosters are strongly tipped to have Williams in their 2013 side, Danny Weidler's column insists no deal has been done.

Crucial to any contract will be the details surrounding Williams' boxing career, with the in-demand athlete determined to maintain a two-pronged career that balances his football with his fight commitments.

Williams has apparently knocked back an offer from US boxing promoter Don King, who made an approach via the New Zealand Boxing Association to join his crop of fighters, and his desire to continue with football - in either code - should see him remain down under.

Williams was a non-starter at Chiefs training last night as he was rested due to concerns over his back and neck, though he is expected to play against the Brumbies at Mt Maunganui on Friday.