After wowing the world of sport with his incredible gesture to a young fan, New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams has been rewarded by World Rugby with a new medal.
The All Blacks centre gave his Rugby World Cup winners medal to child who had burst onto the field after Saturday's win, sparking praise for the heart-warming moment of generosity.
And the game's governing body, not wanting the superstar to go without a memento for his achievements on the pitch because of his good-natured actions, have 'dug out a spare' to send home with him.
'World Rugby would like every winner this evening to go home with a medal, so they've rummaged in the store cupboard and they have found the final one,' said the event's host Alex Payne, before Williams was given a standing ovasion.
But the centre has played down the exceptional nature of the incident, saying it could have been any one of his team-mates. 'I'm really surprised, most of the boys would have done the same,' he said.
Williams was unaware he would be presented with a replacement medal but World Cup organisers acted following a request from the New Zealand players and management.
When on stage Williams also asked if team-mate Jerome Kaino would be given a new All Blacks beanie hat, with the flanker having given his to teenager Lines on Saturday night.
The sensational moment occurred when Charlie Lines, 15, burst on to the Twickenham pitch after the final whistle confirmed a 34-17 final victory over Australia in search of an autograph, but Williams made sure he left the ground with much more.
The 30-year-old centre, who was lauded for consoling deflated South Africa players after the semis, explained that he wanted to do something special for Lines.(Daily Mail)
Rather then talk about is kindness as human our people try to promote the religioun there we stand srilanka .
steffny Tuesday, 03 November 2015 09:45 AM
He touched my heart! The real happiness is when you share it with the people who we are in love with! Osm!
shanthapriya Thursday, 05 November 2015 01:01 PM
we in sri lanka only boasting some schools traditionals.....values of some school rugby. see these players behaviour. those who paly rugby (only know the word) at schools like royal must watch this
lkboy Tuesday, 03 November 2015 09:54 AM
He is of Jewish decent.
salla Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:25 AM
Angelo Matthews is generous too..He helped me and I am thankful
Labby Monday, 02 November 2015 04:30 PM
If this happened in Sri Lanka the boy would have been shot.
Ceylonese Tuesday, 03 November 2015 10:50 AM
Sonny Bill Williams is a devout Muslim and an ex-rugby league player who initially played for the Canterbury Bulldogs in Sydney and converted to Islam before he defected to rugby union and represented the All Blacks in the world cup. He also played for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL and it was reported by the media that he was observing the Ramadan fast at the same time.
Gobba Monday, 02 November 2015 05:51 PM
Sonny Bill Williams a very great kind hearted human being. It gives me even more greater pleasure that he is also a Muslim.
Gobba Tuesday, 03 November 2015 11:42 AM
Dont be such a smart ass Jonty - Get your story correct n stop insulting ppl doesnt make u great.
Ajja Monday, 02 November 2015 06:26 PM
I am just thinking why our own sportsmen in Srilanka lack this kind of generosity to their spectators. They rush to collect souvenirs,medals,trophies,prizes etc...but no sense of giving.Great man Sonny B Williams is one in a Million.
Jonty from Aus Monday, 02 November 2015 06:59 PM
Who told you that donkey story to you Gobba. He is a born christian. Your name should be not Gobba it should be Gobbaya
Jonty from Aus Monday, 02 November 2015 07:02 PM
Sonny Bill William is not a muslim. He is a born Christian. Gobba your name should Gobbaya
Mifaz Monday, 02 November 2015 07:28 PM
Buddy, Read the facts.BTW he is a Jew
Shace-uk Monday, 02 November 2015 07:29 PM
It really dosent matter what religion he bongs to.. What it matters his generosity!!!!
raf hansen Monday, 02 November 2015 08:00 PM
Grow up guys
alex Monday, 02 November 2015 08:26 PM
Yes,but during MR times.
Point Dover Monday, 02 November 2015 08:33 PM
@Jonty mate on YouTube type "Sunny Bill Williams faith"
Sylvia Haik Monday, 02 November 2015 08:34 PM
It is irrelevant what religion Sonny Boy or Neymar is, they are wonderful human being with hearts of gold.
Gobba Wednesday, 04 November 2015 02:39 PM
Sorry Blackjack, I did not mean to sound as if I was promoting Islam. Just conveyed my happiness at a fellow Muslim in this very generous act. We Muslims are seen in such dark light these days!!!!
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