Sonny Bill Williams is reportedly interested in linking up with the Johns brothers to coach Samoa at the rugby league World Cup later this year.
On Sunday night, Newcastle great Matty Johns revealed on Fox League he and brother Andrew, the NSW and Kangaroos legend, were considering a superpower coaching team-up with Williams.
Watch The 2021 NRL Telstra Premiership Live & On-Demand with No Ad-Breaks During Play. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the dual code international is keen on the idea, telling close friends he’s interested in joining forces with some of the smartest minds in rugby league.
According to the report, Williams has been in discussions with the Johns brothers in recent weeks, talking about the potential to transform Samoa into a genuine force on the international stage, much like Tonga in recent years.
The only problem with Matty and Andrew’s plan is Samoa still has a coach, Matt Parish. However, reports in recent weeks have claimed there are rumours Samoa players are pushing for a new mentor.
And it would not get better than a combination of the Johns brother and code-hopping superstar Williams, who has won NRL premierships and a Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks.
Matty was asked on Sunday Night With Matty Johns if he was serious about taking the job, after he last week made the staggering suggestion that he wanted to help the growth of international rugby league by joining the Samoa team.
Sonny Bill is a man of many talents.Source:Getty Images
Matty and Joey have two of the sharpest footy brains in the business.Source:Getty Images
“They’ve got a head coach at the moment there. But I spoke to Joey (Andrew) again about it today, and yeah (we are serious), definitely,” Johns said.
“We’ve got full-time jobs so I don’t know how it would work out, and Joey has been talking to Sonny Bill Williams as well.
“We would do it for nothing. Quite seriously, and Joey is the same, you wouldn’t take a cent. Sonny wouldn’t.
“It would be a bit of three-way coaching. I don’t know how it would work, but in my opinion Samoa should be emulating what Tonga are doing.
“There should be a goal that within a couple of years Samoa should be beating Australia, like Tonga have been doing.
“I want to be respectful because they do have a coach, but if something happens then Joey and I are available.”
Matty said the previous week he would put his hand up if his brother was prepared to do the same.
“In our sport we’ve got the balance wrong. State of Origin is the pinnacle of our sport, it should be international football,” he said.
“We need stronger international football. And the godsend for that has been Tonga.
“I was talking to Joey the other day. Because he’s been over to Samoa a few times, surfing. He wants to coach you guys. That’s the world going around.
“I tell you what, If Andrew did, I’d be proud to.”
Source: Read Full Article