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This Kid Was The Real Rugby Winner When An All Blacks Player Gave Him His World Cup Medal

New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams felt sorry for a boy who was tackled by security.

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The 8-year-old was roughly tackled by security at Twickenham stadium in London on Saturday after he leapt over the barrier to join the New Zealand team in a victory lap of the pitch after they beat Australia to win the Rugby World Cup.

Following the incident, Williams gave Lines his medal because he wanted to make sure that the boy's memory of the game was a positive one, Sky News said.

Williams expressed concern for the safety of the young boy when up against a large security guard.

"He was only 8 and the other fella was a full-on man, so it looked like he would break his ribs or something," the player told ITV News.


On Twitter Williams said that Lines deserved the medal for daring to jump on to the rugby pitch.

For a kid 2 have that will and take that risk, you deserve a medal. Enjoy bro


Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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