Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams gets new World Cup medal

London: All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams was Sunday presented with a new World Cup winners' medal to replace the one he handed to a young fan after Saturday's final victory over Australia.

Sonny Bill Williams. Pic/AFP
Sonny Bill Williams. Pic/AFP

The boy, identified as 15-year-old Charlie Lines, was thrown to the ground by a security official after running on to the Twickenham pitch following New Zealand's 34-17 triumph. "I am sure that he'll remember it.

I'm happy that he has it because I know that he will really appreciate it," Williams said at Sunday's World Player of the Year awards. "When he's older, he can tell the story to his children."

The 30-year-old Williams played down the incident which also saw teammate and flanker Liam Meesam give the teenager his black beanie hat. "I'm really surprised, most of the boys would have done the same," Williams said.

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