Sonny Bill Williams makes it a night to remember for a fan
All Blacks' star gives his World Cup medal to young fan, who was tackled by a security guard after New Zealand's 34-17 win over Australia
Twickenham (United Kingdom): All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams gave his World Cup winner's medal to a young fan Charlie Lines, who he said was tackled by a Twickenham security guard after Saturday's final.
New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams (right) presents his medal to Charlie Lines after the rugby World Cup final in London
Williams said the boy was "smoked" — thrown to the ground — by a security official after running on to the field following the All Blacks' 34-17 triumph over Australia. Williams said he felt sorry for the youngster.
"Hopefully (the medal) made it a night to remember for him," the All Blacks centre said. "It's better that he has it rather than having it hang up at home." The official Rugby World Cup Twitter account showed a picture of Williams giving his medal to "a young fan". It did not say why, however.
Charlie, who can barely contain his excitement, shows off his medal. Pics/Getty Images
Captain Richie McCaw, fly-half Dan Carter and centre Nonu are among the All Blacks for whom the World Cup final was their last appearance for New Zealand. "We've got some special men leaving us but it just shows how good our roster is, with the depth of players that we have in our squad — all of us contribute," Williams said.