Sonny Bill Williams presented with second World Cup medal
The All Black centre gave his winners’ medal to a young child who ran onto the pitch
Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand gives his winning medal to young fan Charlie Lines following the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium in London. Photo: Paul Gilham/Getty Images
New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams has been presented with a second World Cup winner’s medal after giving his original to a teenager.
Williams handed his medal to 15-year-old Charlie Lines on the pitch as he celebrated the All Blacks’ victory over Australia in Saturday’s final at Twickenham.
In a late twist, Williams was called on stage at World Rugby’s awards ceremony in central London on Sunday night to be handed a replacement.
“I’m really surprised, most of the boys would have done the same,” Williams said.
Lines ran on to the pitch as the All Blacks completed a victory lap around the Twickenham pitch.
He was tackled by a steward as he drew close to the players but Williams helped him to his feet and along with head coach Steve Hansen began talking to the boy.
Williams then escorted Lines back to the stands before taking the medial from around his neck and placing it over his head.
The boy then kissed the medal and gave Williams a hug.
Williams was mischievously asked on stage at the awards ceremony at Battersea Evolution if he would like to become the next James Bond, but replied: “No thanks bro.”
Williams was unaware he would be presented with a replacement medal but World Cup organisers acted following a request from the New Zealand players and management.
When on stage Williams also asked if team-mate Jerome Kaino would be given a new All Blacks beanie hat, with the flanker having given his to teenager Lines on Saturday night.