Tuesday 18 December 2018

Rugby League star leaves pitch to dash to hospital and witness birth of baby girl

Chris Hill of England
Chris Hill of England

Warrington captain Chris Hill was forced to dash off from his side's Super League opener against Leeds early after his wife went into labour.

The 30-year-old prop came off the pitch early in the second half to be with his partner as she gave birth to the couple's fourth child - a baby girl.

Wolves head coach Steve Price said after the 16-12 home defeat: "I have never been in that situation but it is what it is.

"It was important Chris did the right thing, to be beside his wife.

"It was one of those things. Chris made that decision and he had our support. We were aware of it before the game, she was having a few contractions. I guess the timing worked out in Leeds' favour."

Hill's England team-mate Alex Walmsley left a Super League match in similar circumstances last September when his girlfriend went into labour during St Helens' win at Wakefield but on that occasion was able to savour a victory.

In football, Wigan forward Ryan Colclough left the pitch after an hour of the League One win over Doncaster in November last year to witness the birth of his son.

Colclough had scored twice before exiting the match, and saw his second son being born while still in full Wigan kit.

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