15 Nov 2012

SBW might fight just before the start of the new NRL season

11:13 am on 15 November 2012

Sonny Bill Williams could enjoy the shortest pre-season in National Rugby League history - with the Sydney Roosters' star looking to re-schedule his postponed fight against Francois Botha just two weeks out from the start of the 2013 season.

Williams and his manager Khoder Nasser are keen to squeeze the fight in before the dual international begins his on-field commitments with the Roosters - and there isn't anything the tricolours can do about it, as it was always a condition of his handshake agreement with club chairman Nick Politis.

A pectoral muscle injury suffered while playing rugby in Japan has thrown a spanner into the works of Williams' plans to continue football and boxing careers concurrently.

Williams is unlikely to play again for the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan because of the injury, but he wants to reschedule the lucrative fight against South Africa's Botha at the latest possible date to ensure he will be fit.

The Roosters are pencilled in to host arch-rivals South Sydney in the opening match of the new NRL season on March 7th, and the bout looks increasingly likely to be held just a fortnight before that.

It is a situation that would ensure a disruptive preparation for new Roosters' coach Trent Robinson as Williams returns to rugby league for the first time since 2008.