Sonny Bill Williams will only play in the NRL next year if Quade Cooper is beside him, with the pair looking certain to be in the same team, whether it be league or union.
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The Sunday Telegraph has learned Williams and Cooper will now come as a package deal, such is the desire of the two stars to play together.
While Williams has long been linked to the Sydney oosters, he has never publicly said which club he is joining - nor has he signed any NRL contract.
Cooper, whose stunning attack on the ARU has signalled the end of his Wallabies career, has suddenly become an integral part of any deal Williams does sign for 2013.