Of all the joints in all the world
he walks into mine
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.