The All Blacks has won the Rugby World Cup 2015. The Wallabies put up a stubborn resistance in the first half. But the speed of the All Blacks and their passes proved too much for the Wallabies. The brightest star of the match is most certainly Dan Carter. He kicked a total of 19 points to stretch his world record of points scored in international tests to 1598.
But Sonny Bill Williams was certainly another brilliant star. His pair of great offloads set up an amazing try in the second half that led to the All Blacks pull away from the Wallabies.
Sonny Bill Williams was brilliant not only on the pitch. What he did at the All Blacks’ lap of honour has won the hearts of fans.
An 14 year-old All Blacks’ fan, Charlie Lines, ran onto the pitch as the All Blacks did their lap of honour. He was tackled by a security guard. Williams went over immediately to help Charlie up and accompanied Charlie back to his family. Williams completed the act by giving Charlie the Rugby World Cup winner’s medal.
Williams told New Zealand’s One News afterwards: “I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full-on tackled him. I felt sorry for the little fella. If that was a younger brother or cousin I would have given the security guard a hiding. But I just picked the kid up and took him back to his old lady and tried to make the night more memorable for him. Better [for the medal] to be hanging around his neck than mine.”
What a guy!
And what a kid that Charlie Lines is! I think Singaporean youths can take a lesson from Charlie. If there is something you want, go get it! You may get tackled hard by a burly security guard, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And look at the reward you are able to get!
Finally, there is an interesting fact about Williams that is worth pointing out. He is Muslim. This is a fact worth highlighting in light of the many adverse news about Islam in the media. Williams converted to Islam in 2008. He stated that he found the faith in France when he was playing for Toulon. I hope this incident shows to the world many Muslims are amazingly wonderful people too.
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