Sonny Bill Williams and sevens rugby mates give senior Hurricanes fan a lift in team van

Sonny Bill Williams has been a big hit with a Hurricanes fan.
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Sonny Bill Williams has been a big hit with a Hurricanes fan.

A senior Hurricanes fan felt the New Zealand sevens love on Thursday when he got a lift in the team van.

The sevens squad had been at one of their appointments in Wellington on Thursday when it's understood star player Sonny Bill Williams saw a man wearing a Hurricanes scarf waiting on the side of the road for a bus and suggested to the van driver that they pick him up.

Williams tweeted: "Our @nz7s team van gave one of the locals a lift today, the old falla seemed to love his rugby #Welly7s"

Young fan Charlie Lines is stunned as Sonny Bill Williams hands over gives his winners medal from the 2015 Rugby World ...
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Young fan Charlie Lines is stunned as Sonny Bill Williams hands over gives his winners medal from the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.

The man, who said it was his birthday was on Thursday, was quite chuffed at the generosity and most thankful, though may not have been aware of the identity of Williams.

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It is not the first time Williams has shown his generous side throughout his career.

Most recently, the All Blacks midfielder made headlines for gifting his Rugby World Cup winners medal to a 14-year-old fan.

Charlie Lines was crunched in a big tackle by security when he rushed onto the field as the Kiwi side performed their victory lap after the final at Twickenham. Williams helped the star-struck teenager to his feet, before leading him back to the stands and handing over his medal.

Earlier in the tournament, Williams happily agreed to a request from a young fan after the All Blacks' win over Tonga to head back across the field and meet her family. The Chiefs squad member spent a prolonged period posing for photos and also chatted away to members of the Tongan team.

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In 2014, while he was still part of the Sydney Roosters NRL team, Williams was in Samoa as part of a promotion and gave away the shoes he was wearing, plus his socks for good measure, when Samoan team player Toe Evile asked for a souvenir.

Williams' softer side has also been evident during his dabbles with professional boxing.

In 2011, the former New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight champion gave $100,000 of his fight fee to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal after he beat Alipate Liava'a in Auckland.

The sevens team trained at Porirua ahead of the Wellington Sevens which begin at Westpac Stadium on Saturday. 

 - Stuff

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