NRL player Michael Luck, second rower for the New Zealand Warriors, and his wife ToniLee, welcomed their first child on Tuesday September 13. Their son was born at 10.01 pm at Auckland Hospital weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces (3.8 kg). They have named him Murphy John.

Michael and ToniLee are both from North Queensland, and first met when they were in high school. They were married in 2008.

Michael began his career with the North Queensland Cowboys, but went to the New Zealand Warriors in 2005. He won Player of the Year at the Warriors in 2009.

Michael and ToniLee love living in Auckland, but hope to return to Townsville within the next few years.

(Story and photo from Townsville Bulletin, September 20 2011)