Rugby League - Williams eyeing league Test return

Sonny Bill Williams has given the first indication he is keen on a return to international rugby league this year.

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Sonny Bill Williams, with ball, has impressed since returning to rugby league

The Sydney Roosters back-rower has been in strong form over the first three rounds since rejoining the NRL following his five-year stint in rugby union. While admitting he is still finding his feet back in the 13-a-side code, Williams has expressed a desire to get back into the New Zealand Test side this season.

He said: "I'd love to say yes and put my hand up but it depends on whether my form warrants it. But at this stage it's about keeping my place at the Roosters and taking it from there."

The Kiwis play Australia in their traditional early-season Test match in Canberra next month and the 27-year-old hopes coach Stephen Kearney has him in his plans.

Williams, who has an option for a second season at the Bondi club, could also find himself in contention for a berth at the World Cup later this year if he decides to remain in the NRL.

The 27-year-old has impressed many with the way he has settled straight back into the rigours of the NRL since his successful stint in union.

Asked the biggest difference in the game since his controversial exit from Canterbury is 2008, Williams said: "There is a lot more wrestling.

"We work with a wrestling coach full-time but everyone is doing it. It's vital those extra few seconds you get on the ground.

"The game's still good to watch and I'm loving being back.

"I've come back to league as a union player and (I am) facing new situations. Sometimes they're big hurdles but good players can overcome them."

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