Sonny Bill in Samoa switch?

According to reports in the Australian media, Sonny Bill Williams could run out for Samoa in the rugby league World Cup later this year.

The World Cup-winning All Black international has yet to confirm his availability for the New Zealand rugby league side ahead of their defense of their title later this year, raising speculation that he could turn out for Samoa instead.

The report in The Daily Telegraph adds that New Zealand internationals Frank Pritchard, Roy Asotasi and Jeff Lima could also be enlisted by the Samoa team, which is lead by former Samoa and Kiwis centre Nigel Vagana.

Vagana was cagey when asked if any of the players named had expressed their desire to join up with him, but added that the situation will be clearer when Samoa play Tonga in a test match on April 20.

"If the cards - or the coconuts - fall our way, we could potentially have the greatest Samoan team ever," Vagana told The Daily Telegraph.

"I actually think Tonga could have their best possible team ever as well.

"It has always been a viable option for 18, 19, 20-year-olds to play for the Pacific nations and then go on and play for New Zealand or Australia.

"I did it as a young guy, but what's happening now is that it's becoming a serious option for older players, seasoned first-graders," said Vagana, who played two tests for Samoa before earning 38 caps for the Kiwis from 1998 to 2006.

Williams is expected to make his long-awaited return to rugby league against South Sydney next Thursday and was supposed to meet with Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney earlier this month.

That meeting never took place and now it is thought that Williams is not in Kearny's mind for his side's defense of their world title.

Fairfax Media also reported that the prospect of playing alongside former Bulldogs teammate Reni Maitua in the Samoa jersey was appealing to Williams.

However if Williams pledges his allegiance to Samoa this year, it will all but end his dream of adding a league world title to his union medal, considering that he plans on making the New Zealand rugby sevens team that will take part in the Olympic Games for the first time in 2016.