Jerome Kaino, Liam Messam and Manu Vatuvei were among guests at the tropical beach wedding of former All Black Sione Lauaki and his new wife Stephanie.

The couple tied the knot on Wednesday at the luxurious Crown Beach Resort and Spa in Rarotonga.

Cook Island News reported guests at the "intimate" ceremony also included Sam Whitelock and Lauaki's brother, former NZ Warriors and Kiwis player Epalahame Lauaki.

The wedding appears to have been a last-minute affair, with a staff member at the resort saying the venue was booked just two days prior.


It was reserved under the bride's name so staff were pleasantly surprised when the famous guests started arriving.

"It wasn't until they came through that we were like 'okay, that's Manu Vatuvei -- cool,' the staff member said.

The wedding was held on the resort's white-sand beach with the reception taking place at its conference centre.

Lauaki made his All Blacks Test debut in 2005 and went on to win 17 caps times and score three tries.

He also racked up 70 caps for the Waikato Chiefs, having scoring 14 tries during his Super Rugby career.