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Sam Warburton and his wife have become parents for the first time

Wales rugby captain Sam Warburton and his wife Rachel have become parents for the first time.

The skipper’s wife Rachel gave birth to Anna Victoria Kennedy-Warburton on Thursday, July 14, with the newborn weighing 7lbs.

The news was announced by the Cardiff Blues player’s agent, Derwyn Jones, on Twitter on Friday, where Sam is pictured carrying his newborn daughter while she’s wrapped up tight inside a baby carrier. Warburton retweeted the announcement stating: “Thanks @derwynjonescdf. You are now my Agent, friend and midwife!!”

Wales boss Warren Gatland had revealed that the Wales skipper could have been forced to return early from Wales’ tour to New Zealand if Rachel had gone into premature labour.

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Warburton and wife Rachel get some exercise in on holiday
Warburton and wife Rachel get some exercise in on holiday

Before Wales’ tour against world champions in June, Gatland said: “We are trying to keep him relaxed about that by saying it doesn’t normally happen with a first child. But, if it does happen, we are going to have to deal with that in a positive way.”

Speaking in June, the Wales skipper said becoming a father had put rugby into perspective.

He said: “Now I’m going to concentrate on being a father, have some time off and set some new goals for next season.”

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Sam Warburton on his wedding day

Warburton’s wife Rachel was due to give birth to their first child just three weeks after the June tour against the world champions.

Both mum Rachel and baby Anna are said to be doing well.

Warburton and childhood sweetheart Rachel married in July, 2014, at Celtic Manor.

The couple grew up on the same street in Rhiwbina , Cardiff , and attended Whitchurch High School together.

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