Jarryd Hayne, SBW named in NRL's team of the decade
August 23, 2019 6:18 am
Sonny Bill Williams [left] and Jarryd Hayne
The Fiji Bati star Jarryd Hayne has been named in the NRL’s team of the decade.
Also named in the NRL’s team of the decade is Sonny Bill Williams.
He looks set to star in another Rugby World Cup for the All Blacks, but Sonny Bill Williams’ legacy still remains strong in the NRL.
Likely to be included in Steve Hansen’s World Cup squad on Wednesday, Williams has also been announced in the NRL’s team of the decade.
The 34-year-old cross-code star only played two NRL seasons this decade with the Sydney Roosters, but was still deemed worthy to be picked in the list by a panel of 23 league “legends”.
Williams won one premiership title with the Roosters during his two-year stint in 2013 before returning to rugby to play for the All Blacks at the 2015 World Cup.
“Grateful and humbled to be named by legends of the game in the NRL team of the decade,” Williams wrote on Twitter after the announcement.
“A kid from Aotearoa being recognised by some of the greats has me buzzing. Alhumdulliah.”
Grateful and humbled to be named by legends of the game in the NRL team of the decade ❤️🤲🏽
A kid from Aotearoa being recognised by some of the greats has me buzzing. Alhumdulliah pic.twitter.com/18GcCaJOUw
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) August 22, 2019
Williams began his NRL career, at just 19, with the Bulldogs where he quickly became one of the stars of the sport, playing 73 games for the Canterbury side.
Williams, named on the bench by the judging panel, is joined by fellow Kiwis Jesse Bromwich and Jason Taumalolo who made the starting 13.
Billy Slater, Jarryd Hayne, Justin Hodges, Greg Inglis, Brett Morris, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith, Jesse Bromwich, Boyd Cordner, Sam Burgess, Jason Taumalolo.