Tuesday 24 January 2017

Johnny Sexton on minding baby Luca: 'My time off from rugby doesn't feel like time off anymore!'

Published 14/09/2015 | 14:20

Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura
Ireland out-half Jonathan Sexton and his wife Laura

Rugby player and new dad Johnny Sexton admits that he is finding himself escaping to work to have a break from busy family life.

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Johnny and his wife Laura welcomed their first child in June last year.

Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura (Right) pictured at O Reilly Hall in Ucd Dublin tonight where he received The Foundation Day Medal at the UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura (Right) pictured at O Reilly Hall in Ucd Dublin tonight where he received The Foundation Day Medal at the UCD Foundation Day Alumni Awards

In a recent interview with The Irish Independent Weekend magazine, the Dubliner joked that sometimes kicking rugby balls around the pitch is like a break from bottle feeds and bath-times.

"I've got a son, Luca, who is 14 months old and is making my time off from rugby not really feel like time off anymore. It's more like work when I'm at home and rest when I'm at work so it's very busy at the moment," the 30-year-old laughed.

"I try and do my fair share. You get pressure from the coaches to get your proper rest and your recovery in. You've got excuses all the time to stay in bed that extra hour but I try to do my best when I'm home. It's great spending time with Luca whenever I get the chance."

"My spare time really is all about spending time with them, getting out for dinner, or going away and spending some time with them." he added.

Johnny Sexton in action for Ireland
Johnny Sexton in action for Ireland

Johnny wed his childhood sweetheart Laura in July 2013, ten years after they first met as teenagers at a tennis camp.

The Fly-Half also divulged that luckily his other-half is a good cook, as he is "absolutely terrible" in the kitchen.

Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura at their wedding in Adare
Johnny Sexton and his wife Laura at their wedding in Adare

"I'm not a big chocolate eater, but pizza is big," he says of his vices. "I like a takeaway or something like that. I got into the red wine a little bit when I was in France."

"We're fairly strict in camp these days, so when you get a chance to have a treat, after a game is the ideal time. The amount of calories that you burn up during game, it's essential to get them back in," he concluded.

Johnny Sexton. Photo: Kip Carroll
Johnny Sexton. Photo: Kip Carroll
Jonathan Sexton and wife Laura
Jonathan Sexton and wife Laura

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