Kalyn Ponga has shown he is as exceptional off the field as he is on it after unknowingly gifting Greg Alexander's 10-year-old son with his headgear after his Origin debut heartache.
The 20-year-old, who was one of Queensland's best in the heartbreaking loss at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night, put aside his own disappointment to make Beau Alexander's night.
Beau, who was wearing a NSW jersey at the time, was sitting with the family and friends of the players near the tunnel after the game when he tried to make contact with the Newcastle Knights superstar.
"He was down on the fence because he wanted a hug from Kalyn Ponga," Greg Alexander told NRL.com.
"He told him how well he played and then Kalyn gave him his head gear. It's pretty amazing isn't it. He's a pretty special kid. He had no idea who he was. My son was that happy. He was more excited about getting that than the win."
Beau, who plays for the under 11 Narraweena Hawks, hasn't let go of the headgear since last night.
"It'll be on his head all week," Alexander said.
"He will probably play with it. He's so excited and happy at the moment."
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