Aquaman and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the All Blacks? A new onion-dip-flavoured ice cream?

If you've seen these, and other strange announcements pop up on your social media feed this morning you'd be right to take a double look, but don't be alarmed, it is April 1 after all.

However, the "breaking news" announcement by the All Blacks on its Facebook page just after 7am today that Jason Momoa and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will star in its new squad would certainly attract a crowd to games.

Momoa, who stars as Aquaman in the film of the same name, has already professed his love of the game and the All Blacks and even sat on the bench as the All Black Sevens played in Canada last month.

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Domino's and Countdown have also created news this morning.

Countdown announced a new onion-dip-flavoured ice cream developed by its "flavour experts ... where others have failed".

Countdown announced its new onion-dip-flavoured ice cream in one of several April Fools' Day pranks. Photo / Countdown
Countdown announced its new onion-dip-flavoured ice cream in one of several April Fools' Day pranks. Photo / Countdown

"The new flavour is a delicious mix of creamy vanilla ice cream, reduced cream and caramelised onion chunks. It's made right here in New Zealand, using dairy products and onions produced and grown by Kiwi farmers.

Countdown's general manager of merchandise, Scott Davidson, said the new flavour had been worked on "for some time".

"Not only is the ice cream delicious, it's also versatile: have it in a cone or serve it with a veggie platter."

Tom Watts, who took part in Countdown's focus group, said he was more than pleasantly surprised by the somewhat unusual combination.

"I was pretty concerned when I first heard what we were tasting but I was surprised by how the smooth vanilla ice cream and a hint of caramelised onion combined to create something quite delicious."

BREAKING NEWS | Hollywood stars Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Jason Momoa have swapped movie scripts for mouth guards in a shock switch move to rugby.

Posted by All Blacks on Sunday, 31 March 2019

Domino's announced a new pizza flavour - Hawaiian Spaghetti - what it dubbed, a "much loved Kiwi classic".

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Domino's general manager, Cameron Toomey, said the company was constantly looking for new Kiwi flavours to add to the menu.

"The Hawaiian Spaghetti pizza is a classic that so many Kiwis have grown up enjoying. The pizza itself has always been somewhat controversial but when something tastes so good it can't possibly be bad.

Domino's has created a laugh by putting two controversial toppings on its new Hawaiian Spaghetti pizza. Photo / Domino's.
Domino's has created a laugh by putting two controversial toppings on its new Hawaiian Spaghetti pizza. Photo / Domino's.

"Our hope is that our new pizza brings back some fond, nostalgic memories and helps to create some new ones.

"Let's be frank – there's nothing better than a culinary mash-up."

Meanwhile, Emirates has also got in on the April Fools antics announcing its new "chauffeur-less drones" which will be available "between any location in Dubai and Dubai International Airport, starting from April 2020".

Fly on our chauffeur-less drones between any location in Dubai and Dubai International Airport, starting from April 2020.

Posted by Emirates on Sunday, 31 March 2019

And the Chiefs have announced their chief executive Michael Collins as an injury replacement.

Collins accepted it was late notice but he was looking forward to joining the squad. The players were also excited to see the boss join them in the front row.

Former captain Michael Collins joins squad

Gallagher Chiefs CEO & former captain Michael Collins joins squad as injury replacement 💪 FULL STORY ➡️ http://bit.ly/2TLwiP5 #BeLegendary #ChiefsMana

Posted by Chiefs Rugby on Thursday, 28 March 2019

In other sporting pranks, former Black Cap Nathan McCullum tweeted that Grant Elliott was coming out of retirement for this year's world cup. Twitter users were quick to call him out.


In Napier, the city council announced all dogs would have to wear canine nappies in public places from July 1.

"The nappies, based on a Parisian design, are branded with the Napier City Council logo. Owners must use the council-branded nappies, as these are the only canine nappies that are fully biodegradable. Nappies will be available for purchase from Napier supermarkets from early June. They are likely to cost around $2.50 each and will come in packs of 10," the council said.