NRL player Jeremy Smith, and his wife Jody, welcomed their third child and first son on June 9; their son is named Jeremy after his dad. Jeremy Smith Junior joins big sisters Marly, aged 6, and Evie, aged 1.
Jeremy is originally from New Zealand, and is a cousin of Kalifa Faifai Loa, who plays rugby league for the North Queensland Cowboys. Jeremy has been playing professionally since 2004, and began his career with the Melbourne Storm. He has played for the Cronulla Sharks since last season, and also represented the New Zealand Kiwis in last year’s ANZAC Test.
Jody went into labour unexpectedly on the preceding Friday, giving birth to baby Jeremy in the early hours of Saturday morning. When he got home from hospital, he had two children to care for, including his baby daughter, so there was little rest for him. Despite 36 hours without sleep, Jeremy scored the first try of the game in the 17th minute, and Cronulla beat the Gold Coast Titans 22-10.