Sonny Bill cleared for NRL opener

06:07, Mar 01 2013
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Francois Botha (right) had Sonny Bill Williams on the ropes in the 10th round of their controversial fight.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Sonny Bill Williams lands a big shot on Francois Botha.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Sonny Bill Williams' head rocks back after taking a punch from Francois Botha.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
A battered Sonny Bill Williams is lifted up after being announced winner.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Sonny Bill Williams (right) and Francois Botha embrace after the 10 rounds.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Francois Botha (left) raises his arm anticipating victory, which went to Sonny Bill Williams by unanimous points decision.
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Sonny Bill Williams with his entourage which includes Quade Cooper (second left) and Anthony Mundine (third left).
Quade Cooper
Quade Cooper, in his boxing debut, lands a punch on Barry Dunnett.
Quade Cooper
Quade Cooper needed just one round to knockout opponent Barry Dunnett.

 

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.

Sonny Bill Williams
SET FOR DEBUT: Sonny Bill Williams is set to play in the Roosters' NRL opener after his contract was finally ratified.

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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