Bulldogs at centre of massive NRL rumour

Reports have linked Sonny Bill Williams to a sensational return to the Canterbury Bulldogs.

According to Channel 9, the 33-year-old has commenced “informal” talks with the club to potentially return to the Bulldogs in 2020.

Williams’ agent, Khoder Nasser, declined to comment on the speculation when contacted by Yahoo Sport.

The rugby heavyweight started his career with the Bulldogs in 2004, before signing a contract with French rugby union giant Toulon.

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues looks on during the round 4 Super Rugby match between the Blues and the Sunwolves. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

He returned to the NRL in 2013, where he helped the Sydney Roosters to a memorable premiership, before again departing to play union.

Williams was set to present Bulldogs players with their jumpers ahead of their round one NRL clash over the weekend, but withdrew in the wake of the Christchurch massacre on Friday.

Heavy effect

The All-Blacks legend has been significantly affected by the New Zealand shootings.

Williams, a devout Muslim, was moved to tears by the massacre, posting a widely-shared message in the hours following.

He has also withdrawn from the Aukland Blues’ match against the Highlanders this weekend to travel to Christchurch and help a number of community organisations in the city.

“Thank you everyone for your kind hearts,” Williams posted recently on social media.

“We will be in Christchurch later in the week to show love and give donations to the Christchurch Masjids (places of prayer), for the people affected in this tragedy. My heart is heavy, please don’t stop showing your support.”

Williams will spearhead a fundraising effort in Christchurch raise money for the family and friends of the dozens of victims.