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Kai Pearce-Paul embracing Sonny Bill Williams comparison ahead of England Knights debut

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Rugby league fans will get a glimpse of what England’s World Cup squad might look like in 2025, including a player dubbed the next Sonny Bill Williams, when the Knights take on Jamaica at Castleford on Friday night.

Among the crop of rising stars on show will be 20-year-old Londoner Kai Pearce-Paul, who burst onto the Super League scene with Wigan in 2021, demonstrating the ball-handling skills reminiscent of the all-time great New Zealander.

The man who first noticed the similarities with the dual-code international was Pearce-Paul’s older brother Kameron, a centre with London Skolars. “He’s been saying that since I was young, that I’d be the next Sonny Bill Williams,” said the Warriors second rower, who is an imposing 6ft 5in. “I like to

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