All-Blacks champion Sonny Bill Williams's kind gesture goes viral
Images of All-Blacks champion Sonny Bill Williams giving away his rugby World Cup medal away to a young fan have gone viral.
In the aftermath of New Zealand's spirited 34-17 World Cup final win over the Wallabies 14-year-old All Blacks fan Charlie Lines ran onto the field at Twickenham where he was tackled by a security guard.
Clearly infatuated by Williams, the boy ran over to his hero, and after seeing what security had done to the youngster, the former NRL star helped him back to the stands.
Williams then took the medal and gave it to the boy, who could hardly contain his excitement at being given a piece of sporting history by one of his heroes.
Williams said young fan Charlie Lines “got smoked”, tackled to the turf by stewards at Twickenham after New Zealand’s 34-17 win over Australia.
New Zealand made history by retaining the Webb Ellis Cup, but Williams said he was happy to give away his commemorative medal.
"I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full on tackled him," Williams explained afterwards. "I felt sorry for the little fella."
"He would have been eight or seven, I kind of felt sorry for him. It will be a night that he remembers hopefully. He can tell that story for years to come. He might be a future All Black.
Williams played down the gesture, saying he was just looking out for the kid and wanted to make his night a little more special. The 30-year-old later tweeted he was amazed by the boy's bravery and it was for that reason which made him decide to part with his World Cup medal.
"If that was a younger brother or cousin I would have given the security guard a hiding," Williams said. "But I just picked the kid up and took him back to his old lady and tried to make the night more memorable for him. When he gets older he'll be telling his kids things like that. That's more special than having it hanging up on my wall at home."