Shane Rodney, NRL player for the Manly Sea Eagles, and his wife Jacquie, welcomed their first child at 4.50 am on Monday September 12 at Hawkesbury Hospital. The baby was a boy, and he weighed 2.4 kg (5 pounds 5 ounces), and was 48 cm long.

Shane and Jacquie have called their son Nash Mark; they chose the name Nash because they both liked it, as it seemed quite unusual to them. Shane was there for his son’s birth, and seems to have taken to fatherhood like a natural; Jacquie wonders if that’s because the baby is about the same size as a football.

Shane is hopeful that the Manly Sea Eagles will make it through to the grand final on September 23, and then he will leave the club to begin a three-year contract with the Harlequins, an English Super League team. The Rodney family will move to London in December, so baby Nash will spend his early years in England.

(Story and photo from The Manly Daily, September 14 2011)