Gordon D'Arcy praises 'supportive and loving' wife Aoife in touching retirement speech
Irish rugby star Gordon D'Arcy has praised his wife Aoife Cogan for her support.
The 35-year-old today announced he will retire from international rugby after the World Cup later this year and the two are expecting their first child together any day now.
"A special thanks goes to my friends, family and in particular my wife Aoife," he said today. "Your love, support and understanding has helped me to do my job to the best of my ability and I truly appreciate this."
Aoife has been a regular on the sidelines cheering on her other half during his Leinster and Ireland career and flying around Europe to support him.
The pair married in a lavish ceremony in Castle Leslie, Co Monaghan in 2012 and confirmed their exciting baby news in January.
And the former Miss Ireland, who retired from modelling after 14 years last year, said she considers herself a parenting expert already.
"There's our fur baby, Albert, the six-month old Leonberger puppy; my business, Form School, and then the human baby-in-waiting. So our hands are already full," she said before.
"I think a baby is one of those things that you have to learn on the job because you can't prepare for everything," she explains. "One day at a time, that's my attitude. And I am quite laid back as a person."