Rugby League player Sonny Bill Williams has been named as the world’s best rugby league player.
Williams was awarded the prize at the Rugby League International Federation player of the year dinner in Manchester on Wednesday night. He beat challenges from Kangaroos star Greg Inglis and Scotland playmaker Danny Brough.
“I accept this award on behalf of my teammates that have put me in a position to play well, coaches and of course my family,” Williams said in his acceptance speech
Williams helped the Sydney Roosters to the NRL premiership after returning to the code following five years in rugby union, during which he played 19 Tests for the All Blacks.
In taking out the award Williams becomes the first Kiwi to win the award as all the previous winners were from Australia. The award was started 6 years ago.
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