Rugby union footballer, Cam Shepherd, and his fiancee Sam Bonar, welcomed their first child yesterday – a boy named Roman Paul. Roman Shepherd weighed 3.5 kg (7 pounds 13 ounces), and was 51 cm long. His birth was announced on Twitter.

Cam Shepherd plays for Perth team Western Force in the international Super 14 competition.

UPDATE October 16

Roman spent a short period in the neonatal unit of St John of God Hospital after picking up an infection, but is now home with his parents.

Cam says that they picked the name Roman for him because it sounded strong; it was the number 1 name on Sam’s name list, and number 3 on Cam’s. After seeing Sam go through 13 hours of labour, Cam decided that Sam’s first pick was their only option. They both love the name.

Cam and Sam’s wedding is planned for December 2012.

(Story and photo from The Sunday Times, October 15 2011).