Sonny Bill Williams has announced he is set for a stint playing rugby in Japan.

Off contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union at the end of the season, Williams has signed a lucrative deal with Japanese rugby side Panasonic but currently has no deal in place for 2013.

One thing is for certain - he will not be playing rugby in New Zealand. The former Canterbury Bulldogs second rower has long been rumoured to be returning to the NRL with cross-town rivals Sydney City, with a view to switching back to rugby in 2014.

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