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’ 34-17 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 last 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 after successfully defending their title and becoming the first nation to win three World Cups.
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 medal 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.”