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Sonny Bill Williams leaves Bulldogs for France

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Exclusive, by David Riccio

    July 26, 2008
    http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24081888-5001021,00.html

    BULLDOGS superstar Sonny Bill Williams is believed to have fled the NRL bound for an immediate switch to French rugby union club Toulon, the team coached by retired All Black Tana Umaga.

    Williams left Australia yesterday without even informing the Bulldogs of his decision.

    The champion forward is under contract with the Bulldogs for another four year and his move overseas will spark a legal fight.

    Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg said: “”I’ve had QC’s look at his contract and there is absolutely no get-out clause.

    ”I’m shocked that he’s left because I saw him Oatley at 7.30am this morning.’’

    Williams was chosen in the Bulldogs team to play the Dragons on Monday night in Sydney.
     
  2. Zep

    Zep Active Member

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    theres goes 50% of channel nines vocabulary....



    too be honest i am surprised it didn't happen sooner with the money that he can command.
     
  3. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I hope the Dogs really **** him, make him stick to his deal and park his arse on the couch for 4 years

    He can go and get stuffed
     
  4. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Bet Mundine had a lot of involvement in this (speculation I know)
     
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    Hope the dogs sue the **** out of him for lost income. 

    Now that gasnier and SBW are gone who will gus profess his love for now?  Maybe back to Freddie if they beat us tomorrow. 
     
  6. Zep

    Zep Active Member

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    gus still has khunt and friend
     
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Who cares.  Chasing big bucks, so what.  So long as we win the premiership I don't care what happens to the dogs or any other team.
     
  8. Matabele

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    Players of similar vintage and experience - Glenn Stewart and SBW.

    I'd rather Glenn.  He has a head on his shoulders.
     
  9. ads

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    Glenn is heaps better.

    I'd totally back the Bulldogs on this. Though I think his manager sounds like the real problem.
     
  10. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Who is Danny Weidler going to write about every week now ?? Oh that's right Mundine and Mason will still provide him with a useless quote very week.

    By the way, wasn't Dunny Bill supposed to go and help out some junior footy team as part of that win Dunny Bill for a day promotion they had on the footy show. Those kids will be pretty pi$$ed off that he isn't going to show up. Manly should step into the breach and offer to send our own version of SBW, Cougar Williamson.
     
  11. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That has already been done C&C, last thursday

    The side he went to help lost 22-12, their best effort by miles
     
  12. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    OK fair enough, don't watch the show that often, but one of the boys at the pub mentioned the competition they had running. Oh well just another missed opportunity for the Cougar.
     
  13. ManlyBacker

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    What a special bloke! How many people on here have supported him as entitled to seek any amount from anywhere and to hell with the consequences?

    Actually I never had a problem with someone seeking a higher income but SBW's antics are just way over the top.

    He complained about having to front up about his drinking problem - however he is a criminal for driving over the limit, has driven with a suspended license, has been fined for urinating in public and has filled the papers with lurid stories of toilet trysts. No - he doesn't have a drinking problem and he doesn't need to relieve any pressure on his club as their highest profile player - yeh, right.

    He complained about not being involved in every signing decision, and this included senior management decisions to any players the Bulldogs were looking for. Sure, let the 22 year old kid run the club.

    Any one who thinks a footballer of his stature is like any other employee is completely wrong. He plays a huge role in team harmony, team playing tactics, sponsor expectations and fan expectations. The fact is that he has let down his employer who has a legally binding contract for his services, he has let down the NZ RL by walking away from the game, he has let down the sponsors that make the club viable and he has let down the supporters who are the lifeblood of the club.

    Look, good luck to him - but he honestly doesn't deserve too much of anything from anyone in RL from now on.
     
  14. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Saw the start of the Sunday Roast today and it was great

    Weidler was on sticking up for SBW, saying he had no option etc, and Geyer was fuming, really firing up. Called SBW a dog at 1 point and Weidler tried to but in and I thought MG was gvonna cut loose on him lol
     
  15. Cameron

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    ke wats the reaction like over there
     
  16. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    tbh Cliffy, i don't really know, other than what is on forums. Disappointment and not a lot of support i would suggest

    The reason i don't know is that there is no way i was listening to the radio this morning after an All Blacks loss, especially with the Deans v Henry thing. Talkback after an ABs loss is painful to listen too
     
  17. Matabele

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      And tie up more than 10% of their salary cap?  We all know that won't happen which is exactly why he has left.  The players know a club can't afford to enforce a contract and remain competitive.
     
  18. Kiwi Eagle

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    Mata, i would have no prob with the NRL granting them a concession for whatever his contract is worth in that situation
     
  19. eagle_predator

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    I hope the Bulldogs sue him who does he think is God Geez.
     
  20. eagle_predator

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    Thats it i couldn't agree more spot on.
     

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