Sonny Bill Williams touches down in Sydney with family, heads for quarantine ahead of NRL return

Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams has arrived in Sydney with his family in tow as the dual-code star prepares for two weeks of quarantine before his whirlwind NRL return with the Roosters.

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Williams and his young family were all wearing masks as they made their way from the airport to a nearby transport bus. Source: Nine

A mask-wearing Williams landed in Sydney late last night and went straight from the airport to a transport bus to begin their two weeks of isolation.

Channel Nine reports the Sydney Roosters have set the 34-year-old up with a gym at the facility, Williams having been in "holiday mode" for the last two months.

Williams' sudden return to the NRL comes after the Toronto Wolfpack withdrew from the remainder of the 2020 Super League due to financial issues caused by Covid-19, meaning international players such as the Kiwi back rower could look elsewhere for game time.

While the NRL has a rule stating players cannot hold contracts with two clubs at once, the governing body said earlier this week it will bend the rules to allow players such as Williams to feature in the later stages of the season.

Williams announced he was heading to the Roosters yesterday after a phone call by Sydney coach Trent Robinson - a close friend - despite other struggling clubs such as the Warriors voicing their interests as well.

Williams told the Daily Telegraph there were a variety of reasons why he opted for his old club.

"I moved to Australia when I was 14 and my wife is Australian," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I've got four kids under five. The plan was to always set up shop in Sydney once I'm finished, not in New Zealand.

"[Roosters coach] Trent (Robinson) was the first to ring me. He had injury problems with a few of the boys.

"And apart from Trent and Nick, I think most people know I'm still close to the boys.

"The Roosters are close to my heart. If I wasn't playing I wouldn't be playing at all."

Williams and the Roosters are targeting round 17 - five weeks away - for Williams' return.