Singapore - Sonny Bill
Williams has played down his latest random act of kindness, saying giving away
his Hong Kong Sevens runners-up trophy to an eight-year-old fan was no big
who also handed his World Cup-winner's medal to a stunned fan in London last
year, said most of his team-mates had done the same in Hong Kong.
"It's blown out
of proportion. Most of the boys gave their cups away from the Hong Kong
tournament, so I don't see it as a big deal," he told reporters ahead of the
Rodda posted a YouTube video thanking Williams for handing over his silver
runners-up tankard, unasked, after posing for a selfie on Sunday.
"He's, like, one
of the most nicest guys in the world," the young fan said of Williams.
Williams is bidding to
make New Zealand's Olympic sevens team and after being sidelined with a knee
injury, he started to hit form in their run to the Hong Kong final.
But he said gelling
with team-mates is his primary concern as he keeps his focus fixed firmly on
the Rio Games in August.
"For myself, it's
just been about fitting in with the team. The team comes first, there's a lot
of talk that goes on outside of this group here and I don't worry about
it," he said.
"I just worry if
whether I have my team-mates' respect and if my coaches think that I'm on the
"I believe that
if I just keep working hard, God willing, stay healthy and injury-free, I'll be
able to get there in the end."
"I'm loving it. I'm loving the challenge, really enjoying it and happy
with how I've been playing and where I am at this stage."
He said New Zealand's
main competitors in Rio would be Fiji, the sevens world series defending
champions and current championship leaders who won the Hong Kong final 21-7.
different to any other team in the circuit. It's their national sport so...
we're coming up against it pretty much," Williams said.
but very exciting at the same time, coming up against some of the best players
in the world sevens."
Tropical Singapore is
returning to the world series as the eighth of 10 stops this year, with
tournaments in Paris and London still to come.