Security briefed to protect Sonny Bill
October 5, 2010
The Sonny Bill Williams show is set to roll into Invercargill © Getty Images
Security guards have been warned to keep an eye on Sonny Bill Williams this weekend after he was mobbed by fans following Canterbury's ITM Cup victory over Otago on Saturday.
The All Blacks hopeful had to be escorted by his own team-mates through a throng of over-eager supporters in Dunedin and Rugby Southland chief executive Roger Clark is bracing for a potential repeat when Canterbury and Williams come to Invercargill on Saturday.
Clark said he is not going to arrange for extra security for the Ranfurly Shield challenge but he has told the six guards on duty on the field to make sure Williams is free to leave the ground after the final whistle at Rugby Park.
"There was a bit of a shemozzle at Carisbook last weekend when other players had to protect him (Williams) rather than the security doing it," Clark said.
"It's all right to let the fans run on to the field but it's no good if it puts the players under any sort of threat. They weren't little kids, they were big kids who were all over him and for any of the players we have to make sure we protect their safety."
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