Sunday 22 April 2018

'The most amazing thing ever': Rugby player Andrew Trimble and wife Anna expecting first baby

Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Injured Ulster Rugby player Andrew Trimble is looking forward to getting back on his feet in the coming weeks - as he is about to become a father for the first time.

The 30-year-old has revealed that he and his wife Anna are expecting their first child this summer and the couple couldn't be happier.

"We're pretty excited now," the winger said yesterday. "Right at the start you're going 'this is the most amazing thing ever', and then you get used to it a little bit.

"I think it will get exciting again towards the end of the pregnancy."

Andrew Trimble and his wife Anna at the Sexton wedding
Andrew Trimble and his wife Anna at the Sexton wedding

He was speaking at the launch of Aviva's new smartphone GP service 'Babylon' in Dublin.

Trimble, a devout Christian, said their first baby is due on July 4, but they don't know if it is a boy or a girl just yet. He married Anna, a doctor, in 2009.

"We're looking forward to it and we're keeping the sex of the baby a surprise; wait to see what it is," he added.

The Irish winger from Coleraine is currently recuperating from surgery for a ligament injury that he sustained during Ulster's Pro 12 clash against Glasgow last year.

Andrew Trimble with his Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award. INPHO/Billy Stickland
Andrew Trimble with his Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award. INPHO/Billy Stickland

He said he finds the injury "frustrating" but has been keeping busy.

Today he will finally lose the cast and will start using a surgical boot instead which will help with mobility.

He recently appeared on TV3's The Restaurant programme in the Republic.

And, despite receiving three stars for his efforts, Trimble proclaims he is not that good a cook and doesn't do it "too often".

"The reaction has been quite good, there's been a lot of slagging obviously but I wasn't in the Ireland camp this year and you don't get TV3 in Northern Ireland, so not that many of the guys saw it up there," he laughed.

The Ulster star said that he misses the camaraderie that comes with the Ireland international camp and revealed that he didn't know his fellow Ireland team-mate Gordon D'Arcy's wife Aoife is expecting their first child. But he does keep in touch with some of the guys "every now in then".

"I'm out of the loop," Trimble added.

"Whenever you're in camp you spend loads of time together, so there is plenty of chat and plenty of craic and you get to know each other - particularly when we are on tour, that's when you are living out of each other's pockets."

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