Of all the joints in all the world

he walks into mine

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Front Page - PHIL ROTH­FIELD

A SU­PER­STAR Aussie crick­eter, an Iron­woman turned wife and mum, and an All Black pin-up boy walk into a South African ho­tel ... It’s no joke. And it’s bloody awk­ward. Just days af­ter Dave Warner was fined for de­fend­ing the hon­our of his former surf star wife Candice against vile sex­ual sledges from South African op­po­nents and fans, the cou­ple last night were di­rectly con­fronted with the past. In an un­com­fort­able co­in­ci­dence, Kiwi leg­end Sonny Bill Wil­liams — the man at the cen­tre of the furore that has turned the Aus­tralian-South African Test se­ries into one of the most spite­ful ever — checked into the Aus­tralians’ Cape Town ho­tel with his tour­ing Auck­land rugby team.

Candice was pic­tured (right) leav­ing the ho­tel last night just mo­ments be­fore Wil­liams (left) turned up.

A no­to­ri­ous tryst be­tween the pair more than a decade ago has tormented the former life­saver and her hus­band, who faces con­stant taunts from un­ruly crowds about the old re­la­tion­ship.

It went nu­clear in the last Test when Warner had to be re­strained af­ter South African op­po­nent Quin­ton de Kock sledged the Aus­tralian vice­cap­tain over the af­fair.

IT’S hell in a hall­way. Rugby union star Sonny Bill Wil­liams has lobbed up to the same Cape Town ho­tel that Aus­tralian Test vice-cap­tain David Warner, his wife Candice and their two daugh­ters are stay­ing at. The Aus­tralian cricket team is pre­par­ing for the third cricket Test against South Africa in an ex­plo­sive se­ries in which much of the toxic sledg­ing is be­ing slung at Warner — us­ing his wife as a weapon. Wil­liams is at the South­ern Sun The Cul­li­nan ho­tel with the Auck­land Blues Su­per Rugby team. Back in 2007, the then 22-year-old Candice Fal­zon was in­fa­mously in­volved in an in­ci­dent with Sonny Bill in the toi­lets at the Clovelly Ho­tel in Syd­ney’s beach­side eastern sub­urbs. She has long re­gret­ted it. But the tryst was al­legedly raised last week by South African wick­et­keeper Quin­ton de Kock in the dress­ing room stair­well. The per­fectly named de Kock’s puerile provo­ca­tion then led to the flare-up with Warner that was caught on CCTV footage and leaked to the me­dia. Warner was fined 75 per cent of his match fee and de Kock lost 25 per cent of his pay for the ef­fort. Warner and the Aus­tralians were fur­ther in­fu­ri­ated dur­ing the sec­ond Test match in Port El­iz­a­beth when Sonny Bill Wil­liams masks were handed out at the ground.

Cricket South Africa was forced to apol­o­gise just a few days ago to the Aus­tralian team af­ter Proteas of­fi­cials were pic­tured pos­ing with grubby fans who were taunt­ing the Warner’s fam­ily.

The Daily Tele­graph con­tacted Candice via text mes­sage in Cape Town last night. She was aware the Auck­land Blues were stay­ing in the same ho­tel but de­clined to com­ment.

How­ever, the Warners were ex­pected to leave overnight on a three-day out-oftown sa­fari with team­mates and their fam­i­lies. Warner was also help­ing cel­e­brate Candice’s birth­day in South Africa early yes­ter­day, with the top bats­man declar­ing on Twit­ter “Happy birth­day to the lady of my life”.

Sonny Bill’s Blues play against the Cape Town Storm­ers on Sun­day when the crick­eters will all be back in camp, pre­par­ing for the third Test next week in a se­ries that is be­com­ing poi­sonous.

Candice Warner leav­ing the South­ern Sun The Cul­li­nan ho­tel (right) in Cape Town yes­ter­day.

Sonny Bill Wil­liams out­side the Cape Town ho­tel last night.

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