THE derailed wedding of Giants star Luke Robinson has been rescheduled for the week he returns from England duty.
His fiancee Laura Towler, 27, was set to marry the scrum-half in a dream ceremony with 60 family and friends in Cyprus on October 25.
When the couple became aware of the 25-year-old scrum half’s Four Nations call-up there were some heart-to-heart discussions and a few tears, but both agreed it was an opportunity he could not miss and the wedding was put back.
Currently some of Luke’s oldest friends are gathering in Las Vegas for a stag night which is missing one very important ingredient – the stag.
There is, however, a handy cardboard cut-out of Luke which will act as sub.
The England team will face the Kiwis two days before the original wedding date on October 23.
Laura Towler, a history teacher at Ryburn Valley High School in Halifax, said as the season went on she knew a clash with their big day was growing more likely.
She said: “We heard on the grapevine about a week before but as the season went on we’d known there was more of a chance it would happen.
“We didn’t know for sure until a phone call three days before the press conference last Friday.
“It’s just bittersweet. It is a bit devastating but you’ve got to look at the big picture and there’s no way he can miss this opportunity.
“It’s cost thousands. The photographer is still charging us 75%, there’s the hotel, we hired a bar for £500 and a DJ for £350, so we’re going to pay for most things twice.”
It was also a shock for Luke’s childhood friend and best man Anthony Sawyer, who was in Australia and set to fly but now finds himself a little nearer the groom than expected.
Laura added: “We are now looking at re-arranging for the week he gets back, November 20, hopefully at Coley Church near Halifax. Some of my friends have got other weddings on and can’t come and now we’re looking for a reception venue.
“I’ve had a lot of sympathy from people but I’ve always known it was a possibility. I know what his dream is.
“He’s played well all season – it’s just the timing which affected us.”
The pair have known each other since attending Hipperhome and Lightcliffe Sports College.
Laura, who was not a major rugby fan, agreed to watch Luke play seven years ago not knowing he would be taking to the pitch in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.
She said: “At the end of the day a marriage is about compromise and I’m getting mine in early.”