Sonny Bill cleared for NRL opener

MICHAEL CHAMMAS
Last updated 19:07 01/03/2013
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SET FOR DEBUT: Sonny Bill Williams is set to play in the Roosters' NRL opener after his contract was finally ratified.

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The NRL has finally registered the contract of Sonny Bill Williams just hours before the deadline that would have seen him miss Thursday night's season opener against South Sydney.

The Herald revealed on Thursday the NRL were still waiting on documentation from the Sydney Roosters before salary cap auditor Ian Schubert registered the dual international's contract for 2013.

The club and the game managed to avoid huge embarrassment late on Friday afternoon when they confirmed the 27-year-old is free to take his place in the Roosters side for round one.

"The Roosters have worked closely with the NRL regarding this matter and we were comfortable with the proceedings," Roosters chief operating officer Brian Canavan said.

"We now look forward to continuing our preparations for the season opener against Souths, and getting on with what will hopefully be a memorable season of football."

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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