'He's been a great role model' – Benji Marshall heralds Sonny Bill Williams' league return

Kiwis captain Benji Marshall has recognised Sonny Bill Williams' contributions to both rugby codes, having confirmed his return to rugby league this morning.

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Williams this morning confirmed that he will join the Toronto Wolfpack. Source: 1 NEWS

Williams, 34, this morning revealed he's signed a two-year multimillion-dollar deal with Canadian based UK Super League side Toronto Wolfpack, having spent the last five years playing rugby union with the Blues and the All Blacks.

Asked for his take on Williams' move, Marshall was nothing but complimentary of his former teammate's impact on rugby and league.

"He's been a great role model for both codes," Marshall said.

"Especially for young kids growing up in New Zealand, who don't feel like they get the opportunities everyone else gets.

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The All Blacks star is said to be close to a move to Toronto Wolfpack. Source: 1 NEWS

"What he's shown is that with hard work and determination, you can do whatever you want. You've got to give him full credit, for not only what he's done on the field, but what he's done off the field for the people of New Zealand as well."

As for Marshall's favourite moments playing with and against Williams?

"I used to like his shoulder-charges, even though you can't do it anymore," Marshall joked.