The Reason Sonny Bill Williams Gave His Medal Away Will Make You Love Him Even More


After handing over his Rugby World Cup winner’s medal to a young pitch invader, Sonny Bill Williams explained why he handed over rugby’s ultimate prize.

“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!

“I’m pleased that he has it because I know that he’ll appreciate it. When he gets older he’ll be telling his kids things like that. That’s more special than having it hanging up on my wall at home.”


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