Photos have emerged of a relaxed Sonny Bill Williams in fit shape enjoying a healthy feast as he prepares for his comeback to rugby league.
The New Zealand dual international took time out from training in Byron Bay on the NSW far north coast on Monday to enjoy a barbecue lunch with mates at the beach.
The former All Blacks rugby union superstar is in Australia for a gruelling 30 day training camp with his personal trainer after he recently signed a lucrative deal with Super League club Toronto Wolfpacks.
Photos show a buff and shirtless Williams enjoying a day at the beach, where temperatures soared past 30C.
New Zealand dual international Sonny Bill Williams took time out from an intense 30 day training camp in Byron Bay
Former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams showed off his barbecue cooking skills to his mates while chowing down chicken
His All Blacks shorts show rugby union remains close to his heart, despite his second code deflection to rugby league in six years.
He wore a singlet on his head at one stage in a bid to try to stay cool in the warm temperatures.
Williams impressed his mates with his cooking skills on the barbecue before chowing down what appeared to be a healthy meal of barbecue chicken and bottled water.
He is staying with personal trainer — former Sydney Roosters speed, strength and nutrition coach, Keegan Smith, the son of former NRL coach Brian Smith on his five acre property outside Byron Bay.
Several athletes and coaches were expected to visit the training camp to assist with Williams’ preparations.
Sonny Bill Williams is staying on the NSW far north coast as he prepares for his comeback to professional rugby league
Sonny Bill Williams enjoyed a barbecue lunch as he chilled out with mates at beach in tourist hotspot Byron Bay on Monday
‘We know what Sonny is capable of and we want to go beyond that. That is why he is still playing – he wouldn’t be doing it unless he wanted to get better. We want to see how far we can go with Sonny – to take him to another level,’ Smith recently told The Daily Telegraph.
‘The goal for the camp is to have Sonny in the best shape he’s been in. We know his previous performances so this camp is about increasing flexibility, strength and speed to have him ready to express his skills on the field in 2020.’
Recent Instagram posts show Williams’ young family has joined him on his brief Australian summer stint before they head to the other side of the world.
Williams has also shared videos of his preparations with his 944,000 followers, which show him in the gym lifting weights and sprint training.
He was also spotted at boxer Anthony Mundine’s loss against John Wayne Parr in Brisbane on Saturday night.
Williams is expected to join his new club in early January in his second comeback to professional rugby league.
Due to unsuitable training conditions in Canada, the club will initially based in the UK in Manchester before players and their families relocate to Toronto in April.
A shirtless Williams was still in fit shape weeks after the All Blacks World Cup campaign ended in preliminary final heartbreak
Sonny Bill Williams was pictured in Byron Bay contemplating about the fresh start ahead of him and his young family
His whopping contract worth a reportedly $10 million for two seasons makes Williams the highest ever paid player in the history of rugby league or union.
‘This deal came to fruition in such a short space of time,’ Williams told reporters last month.
‘This was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.’
‘I’m grateful and blessed for this opportunity but understand what I’m coming into. It’s great what Toronto have done and what they’re trying to achieve. It all lined up and as a man of faith I thought it was just meant to be.
The Wolfpacks were formed in 2016 and are the first North American team to compete in the Super League after they recently won promotion to the top division.
They are funded by Australian mining and resources billionaire David Argyle.
Williams’ last professional rugby league game was with the Sydney Roosters in 2014 when they lost the NRL preliminary final against eventual premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Sonny Bill Williams was hungry for a relaxing day at the beach with mates while in Australia on a 30 day training camp
Williams makes the most of the Byron Bay sunshine before he heads to colder conditions in the northern hemisphere