Sonny Bill Williams’ Toronto Wolfpack withdraws from Super League restart

Toronto: The Canadian rugby league team of New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams has withdrawn from the Super League mid-way through its first season in Europe’s top-tier competition, citing “overwhelming financial challenges” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Toronto Wolfpack said on Monday the decision was taken because of a “range of factors specific to the club as the only transatlantic team in the league”.

Sonny Bill Williams' club will not take part on the Super League restart.

Sonny Bill Williams’ club will not take part on the Super League restart.Credit:Getty Images

They included reduced revenue from tickets, sponsorship, merchandise and game-day business following the loss of all 11 of the team’s home games during the shutdown of the league since March.

“The Wolfpack would be left covering significant additional costs simply to complete a season of games in the UK including COVID testing, stadium rentals, medical costs and player pay increases to align with the rest of the league,” the club said.