Sonny Bill gives medal to young fan

Date published: October 31 2015

Sonny Bill Williams gave his World Cup winner's medal to a young fan who was "smoked" by a security guard as he ran onto the field following New Zealand's World Cup win.

The youngster, who is believed to be seven or eight, was tackled by a security guard after running onto the pitch after the All Blacks made it back-to-back World Cup wins with a 34-17 win over Australia at Twickenham.

Williams, who had just won his second World Cup title, spotted the fan, and ensured he would not leave empty-handed as he passed on his medal.

"A young fella snuck on the field somehow but when he was coming up to give me a hug, he got smoked by a security guard, full-on tackled him," explains Williams.

"He was only eight and the other fella was a full-on man, so it looked like he would break his ribs or something.

"The moment probably just got the better of him but he was just so excited to get on the field with the All Blacks. I thought I'd make it a night to remember for him, rather than my medal being hanging up at home or something like that."

"It will be hanging around that young guy’s neck and he can tell that story for years to come. He might be a future All Black!

"The bonds that we have as brothers in the changing room are the most important thing," added Williams, insisting he wouldn't regret the gesture. 

"The medal represents the win, but going in and seeing the smiles on the boys faces, knowing that we've accomplished something no other All Blacks team has done, is pretty special."