NRL footballer Ryan Hinchcliffe, and his wife Brooke, welcomed their first child earlier this month, and have named their daughter Ivy. Ivy Hinchcliffe is cousin to Ava McCrone, daughter of Josh McCrone; Ava and Ivy were born around the same time.

Ryan started out playing for the Canberra Raiders in 2007, and since 2009 has been with the Melbourne Storm. In 2010 he was named the team’s Player of the Year. He has also played for Country Origin both this season and last season.

Brooke (nee O’Connor) and Ryan are childhood sweethearts who have been together since primary school – Brooke has it written down in her diary since Year Three. The couple were married in January this year.

(Photo of Ryan from the Brisbane Courier)