- By James Nadel
Two time Rugby Union world cup winner, former rugby league star and former New Zealand national heavy weight boxing champion, 30 year old Sonny Bill Williams handed his world cup winner’s medal to 14 year old Charlie Lines, in a heartwarming demonstration of true selfless sportsmanship.
The world cup final at Twickenham was a multi record breaking game:
- The highest scoring world cup final
- The first ever yellow card in a world cup final (against New Zealand)
- The first nation to ever successfully defend two consecutive world cup titles
- The first nation to ever win 3 world cup titles
- The largest margin of victory in a world cup final
Williams acted after seeing a security guard, full force rugby tackle the boy, who had run on the pitch during the All Blacks’ lap of honour following their 34-17 Rugby World Cup final victory over Australia.
Williams, who intervening then handing the dumbfounded youngster his 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. I felt sorry for the little fella. 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. Better [for the medal] to be hanging around his neck than mine. I’m sure he’ll remember it for a while. His mum was pretty happy. He had an All Blacks’ jersey on so he might be a future All Black”
Williams, who made an instant impact in the final when he came off the bench at the start of the second-half, added that defending the World Cup was “by far the best feeling” he had experienced in his career.
“You’re doing it all with your best mates,” he said “There’s world class quality players throughout our squad. Everyone dug deep and it’s a very happy way to finish the tournament. I just want to go and enjoy the win, back to back World Cups, with my brothers.”