Sonny Bill Williams: All Black gifts winner's medal to young fan
Sunday, 01 November 2015 - 20:47
One young rugby fan left Twickenham with the ultimate souvenir after Sonny Bill Williams handed him his winner's medal.
But the youngster was lucky to make it to his hero after being "smoked" by a security guard, as he was tackled to the turf.
Charlie Lines raced on to the pitch to celebrate with his All Black heroes as they completed their lap of honour following New Zealand's 34-17 win over Australia, when he was tackled to the ground by a member of security.
But double World Cup winner Williams picked the youngster up off the floor, and allowed him to join in the celebrations with the players before draping the medal over his neck.
"He got smoked by the security guard, like full-on tackled," said rugby league convert Williams, a former New Zealand national heavyweight boxing champion. "It was pretty sad. He's just a young fella obviously caught up in the moment.
"If that was a younger brother or cousin, I would have given the security guard a hiding. 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."