SBW's surprise student visit

By Mikaela Collins

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Whangarei Girls' High School student Ngamihi Greenwood was overwhelmed with excitement when rugby star Sonny Bill Williams asked for her. Photo / Michael Cunningham
Whangarei Girls' High School student Ngamihi Greenwood was overwhelmed with excitement when rugby star Sonny Bill Williams asked for her. Photo / Michael Cunningham

It's not quite a Rugby World Cup medal but some lucky Whangarei girls walked away with Sonny Bill Williams' watch, hat and jacket.

The All Blacks and sevens star, who is a Teenage Rugby Ambassador, has been in Northland for the past couple of days visiting Bay of Islands College and Kerikeri High School to film segments for Random Rugby TV.

He made a surprise stop at Whangarei Girls' High School yesterday to meet Year 13 student and sevens player, Ngamihi Greenwood.

When asked if she was a bit of a Sonny Bill Williams fan, Hanna Priest (far right) said: "I love him." Photo / Michael Cunningham
When asked if she was a bit of a Sonny Bill Williams fan, Hanna Priest (far right) said: "I love him." Photo / Michael Cunningham

The students sat in the school's whare and had no idea who was about to walk in to the room. But when they spotted Williams they all burst into giggles.

He walked to the front of the class and asked for Ngamihi, who was overwhelmed by the visit and later ended up with Williams' jacket in her hand.

But she wasn't the only one to walk away with one of Williams' possessions.

Another rugby lover, Te Rangimarie Manukau, managed to get Williams' hat which she is going to give to her brother, who is not a big fan of Williams but "loves collecting hats".

Williams also gave away his watch.

Despite a mob of girls congregating around the entrance to the whare and one girl asking how many abs he had, Williams said he wasn't scared to visit Whangarei Girls' High School.

"I was more excited," he said "It's been an awesome second day. We've been visiting schools around the Bay of Islands and working our way back to Auckland and now we're at Whangarei Girls' High School. It's cool to come here and hear some of the girls sporting stories." he said.

Williams made headlines when he handed over his World Cup medal to a young fan after the All Blacks won the World Cup in England last year.

- Northern Advocate

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