Thursday 27 November 2014

It's a boy! Jonny Sexton and wife Laura welcome first child

Eimear Phelan and Caitlin McBride

Published 28/06/2014 | 15:09

Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura are 'delighted'.  Photo: Caroline Quinn
Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura are 'delighted'. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Johnny Sexton and his ife Laura on their wedding day
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura. Mark Condren
Johnny Sexton and his fiancee Laura Priestley at dublin airport after returning from the Lions
Laura Priestley with her father Maurice arriving to the church for her wedding to Johnny Sexton in Adare, Co Limerick
Sexton with Laura Priestly
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura in Adare

Jonny and Laura Sexton have become parents for the first time.

The Irish rugby star and his wife of one year are celebrating the birth of a little boy, who arrived two weeks early today, Independent.ie has confirmed.

Born at 7lbs, the new arrival came as a surprise for the couple, but all are happy and healthy.

The high profile couple have named their first born Luca.

Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura. Mark Condren

The Sextons, who are based in Paris, confirmed Laura's pregnancy in February.

Last month, he said he would be tempted to return home due to his growing family.

Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura are 'delighted'.  Photo: Caroline Quinn
Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura are 'delighted'. Photo: Caroline Quinn

"They (Racing Metro) are keen to get talking now and I've said, 'let's wait until the end of the season'," he previously told the Irish Independent.

"It's a family decision now, we've a baby on the way, me and Laura, and it's very much a case of 'let's see how that goes' – having a kid here and not having grandparents, aunties and uncles to look after it.

"We'll just have to see how that goes for the next few months, all being well, touch wood, we'll see what the options are then.

Jonathan and Laura first met in Rathgar Tennis Club in Dublin when they were just 13 years old.

The couple tied the knot last July in an intimate ceremony in Adare, Co Limerick, days after Sexton returned from duty on the successful Lions tour of Australia.

They exchanged vows in the 13th-Century Holy Trinity Church, with dozens of fans waiting outside to cheer them on, before returning to the nearby Adare Manor for a lavish wedding reception.

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