Sonny Bill Williams gives away his Hong Kong Sevens runners-up cup to eight-year-old ‘Coops’
All Blacks star shows his generosity once again by handing coveted trophy to a young fan after New Zealand lose out to Fiji in showpiece finale
Big-hearted Sonny Bill Williams has done it again – this time at the Hong Kong Sevens.
The New Zealand star has given away his Sevens World Series runners-up trophy to a young fan, just like he did with his winners' gold medal after the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham last year.
Tan Guerin-Rodda writes on her Facebook page that Williams was walking past after New Zealand lost 21-7 to Fiji in the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens final last Sunday and her group asked him for a selfie.
Not only did the 15s crossover star oblige but he also gave his tournament runners-up tankard to her eight-year-old son Cooper "Coops" Rodda.
“Ok, so yesterday [Saturday] Sonny Bill Williams signed Coops' autograph book and we were absolutely thrilled!!!” she wrote.
“Can I tell you what he did today ... NZ lost to Fiji in HK7s and after they collected their own runner up cups, the team walked past us and I called out to Sonny to have a selfie with us. Not only did he take the selfie, he gave Coops his runner up cup!!!! What a bloody legend!!!”
After last year’s World Cup victory over Australia, Williams was taking a lap of honour with the All Blacks team when an excited young fan jumped over the barriers and ran towards the players.
The boy, 14-year-old Charlie Line, was tackled to the ground by security officers before he could reach the All Blacks but Williams stepped forward to comfort the youngster and then gave him his coveted RWC winners’ medal.
New Zealand media have this week complimented Williams on what they describe as yet another act of extraordinary kindness.
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