Sonny Bill Williams is yet to sign with Sydney Roosters, and fans should not expect any official confirmation that he will be returning to rugby league for some time.
In a radio interview, New Zealand Rugby Union boss Steve Tew said he knew what Williams's plans were, but could not say - and sent the rumour mill into overdrive, with reports that the All Blacks star was in Sydney and would be confirming a deal with the Roosters for next season.
However, that speculation was wide of the mark and Williams has been in New Zealand all week preparing for the Chiefs' match against the Highlanders in Dunedin tonight.
In the meantime, Williams is considering a lucrative offer from Japanese rugby powerhouse Panasonic Wild Knights, while colourful Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal - who was suspended for 130 days earlier this year for saying had been the victim of "refereeing sodomy" - has recently expressed a desire to lure Williams back to France.
Williams, the New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion, is also looking to schedule a fight later this year, possibly in South Africa.
The Roosters' interest is well documented and the club has been busy freeing up room under the NRL salary cap to accommodate him next season, but no deal has yet been finalised.
It is understood an announcement on his future could be made before his manager, Khoder Nasser, travels to the United States for Anthony Mundine's July 14 fight with Bronco McKart in Las Vegas, but the announcement is unlikely to be about his joining the Roosters.
While the prospect of return to the NRL has created much gnashing of teeth about his unfulfilled rugby potential, he will have the opportunity next season to add a Rugby League World Cup winner's medal with New Zealand to the one he won with the All Blacks last year.
- Sydney Morning Herald
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