Former Origin star signs with American NARL side

Former NSW Origin and Australian international star Tony “T-Rex” Williams has signed with the New York Freedom for the North American Rugby League’s inaugural season.

Williams is highest profile signing to date for the fledgling competition, which will begin in June this year.


With over a decade of experience Williams, an Australian & Tongan international will play an integral part in the New York Freedom side.

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“Tony brings to New York Freedom a wealth of knowledge, skill, passion for the game and will be an excellent mentor for our younger and less experienced players,” a club representative said of the signing.

“He’s been an absolute gun Down Under, now let’s see what the T-Rex can do in the USA!”

‘T-Rex’ was a fan favourite on the northern beaches.Source:News Limited

Williams made 170 NRL appearances across 11 seasons and played in the Manly Sea Eagles’ 2011 grand final-winning side.

He also featured in the NSW State of Origin side on three occasions and appeared for both Australia and Tonga at international level.

Williams will join former NRL players Eddy Pettybourne and Constantine Mika in the new American league. Both Pettybourne and Mika will compete with the New York Freedom’s cross-town rivals the Brooklyn Kings.

Earlier this month, The Daily Telegraph reported that Ben Barba could make a shock return to rugby league in the NARL. So far, however, the Dally M-winning fullback is yet to ink a deal with a NARL club.

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