New Year Bombshells Rock Nation On Edge

Hard-hitting Herald journo Bevan Hurley reports:

Wedding bells have been ringing out across the country in what’s shaping up as a summer of celebrity love. All Black Ali Williams and his bride Casey Green tied the knot in Queenstown, sticking to tradition – Green showed up 18 minutes late.

The star lock forward has opened up about how his rugby career is almost at an end, and there will be no babies for at least a year.

“The scary fact is, rugby is about to finish for me and there’s no point bringing babies into my life just yet,” he told the NZ Woman’s Weekly, which went on sale a day early yesterday. “But when we do, I’m happy for Casey to bring home the bacon so I can go fishing three times a week.”

All Black captain Richie McCaw was one of Ali’s groomsmen, while his World Cup-winning teammates Dan Carter and Jerome Kaino attended with their new wives.

The news has rocked the financial world, with the Euro dropping overnight.

Meanwhile, officials have called for calm, after news that Sonny Bill Williams met rugby league bosses in a cafe over the weekend.

But there was more trouble to come, after stunning revelations by an expert that New Zealanders had trouble keeping their New Years resolutions.

Of greater concern is that for the first time in 2012 Jonah Lomu’s brave battle with ill-health did not led the front-page of the Herald on Sunday.

And there was panic among journalists overnight as it was realised that another day of content needed to be found.