Dad-to-be Russell Crowe has discovered a rival for his wife's affections - English rugby hero JONNY WILKINSON.

The rugby-mad star uncovered wife Danielle Spencer's preference during last month's (NOV03) RUGBY WORLD CUP in Australia, when Wilkinson became a national hero for helping his team to an historic victory.

A friend reveals, "Russell was giving the Pommies (English) stick but Danielle said he should lay off Jonny because he's a very talented athlete. She wouldn't normally watch sport but being pregnant, she's had time on her hands and really got into it.

"She thought Jonny was cute but said Russell shouldn't worry. She said the only men she had time for was him and their son, when he arrives."

05/12/2003 13:54