League superstar Sonny Bill Williams has secretly married a
stunning 20-year-old Muslim girl he met and fell in love with
last year, Sydney's Sunday Telegraph reports.
The Roosters heartthrob, 28, wedded part-time model Alana
Raffie in August after a six-month relationship.
Immediate family and a handful of his closest friends, who
were sworn to secrecy, attended the ceremony as he was
preparing for last year's NRL finals.
The Sunday Telegraph reported the couple didn't have time to
go on honeymoon last year but they flew out of Sydney airport
on Friday for a short overseas break in Bali. Raffie shares
SBW's palatial four-storey home in Sydney's south with his
Sonny Bill's last high-profile relationship was with New
Zealand socialite Jaime Ridge, the daughter of star Matthew
Unlike more traditional Muslim weddings, the ceremony was
low-key and private.
The couple knocked back the chance to earn a six-figure sum
by selling their wedding to TV and magazines.
Raffie has kept a low profile since marrying but there was a
recent clue when, on March 7, Raffie posted on Facebook: "Big
news from the both of us to be announced soon! Some secrets
are just too hard to keep :)''.
SBW withdrew from Friday night's Kiwi Test team to play the
Kangaroos to take an overseas break. He returns on Wednesday
for a global sponsorship announcement with adidas.
The couple will move to New Zealand at the end of the season
when the champion forward quits the NRL to return to rugby
union, the Sunday Telegraph report. He wants to play at next
year's Rugby World Cup and compete at the Rio Olympics in the
In 2004 SBW was plucked from suburban Auckland to become the
youngest player ever contracted to the Bulldogs NRL team.
Four years later he walked out on the team and took up a
lucrative deal with French club side Toulon. He returned to
New Zealand in 2010 and has played for the Crusaders, the
Chiefs and helped the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup in
He returned to league in 2013 and won an NRL title with the