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Sonny Bill Williams named player of the year

Posted on 28/11/2013 in Rugby

Sonny Bill Williams has been named the Rugby League International Federation player of the year.

The award is remarkable given that the New Zealand and Sydney Roosters forward has only recently returned to the sport after five years playing rugby union and boxing.

He beat Australia's Greg Inglis and Scotland's Danny Brough – the Super League Man of Steel – to the accolade.

It was presented at a gala dinner at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester ahead of Saturday's World Cup final against Australia.

As well as helping the Kiwis' bid to retain their world crown, Williams was instrumental as the Roosters won their first NRL Grand Final for a decade.

"I wouldn't say I was a world star but I've been very blessed to have been in quite a few amazing teams with some amazing players and amazing coaches," said the player.

Can Sonny Bill cap a remarkable 12 months by helping New Zealand beat Australia in the World Cup final? Before you have a rugby league bet, check out our odds.

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