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Irish Fly-half and general rugby legend Jonathan Sexton is expecting his second child with wife of two years, Laura.

The 30-year-old is already a proud daddy of 19-month-old baby boy named Luca 

According to the Irish Independent, the Irish Fly-half's latest bundle of joy is due in a matter of weeks. 

However, we reckon the arrival of a baby in February could be bad timing for the talented sports star. 

The notoriously private couple will have a tough few months ahead as Jonny is gearing up to help lead Ireland to an RBS Six Nations win that begins in early February. 

Laura and Jonny are childhood sweethearts and married privately in 2013. 

The small ceremony took place in the gorgeous surroundings of the Adare Manor house in Limerick. 

According to reports Jonny is ready to return to his position as out-half for the tournament following a disappointing injury saw him out of the Rugby World Cup in their pool game against France. 

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Paul O’Connell is set to make his return to the Irish camp ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

Wait, what?

Before you get too excited, it is most important to note that the Irish team captain is not actually going to be playing any rugby.  Instead, the Limerick man will offer his vast experience and leadership skills to the team.

A mere 24 hours after going under the knife to treat his tournament ending hamstring injury, because that is how Paulie does things.

Team manager Michael Kearney has said that the nation's favourite redhead had remained very involved in the team’s preparations before he set off for London to undergo surgery.

“Paul came back into camp on Monday and spent the first couple of days in camp – he was in good form and was contributing to the meetings."

"He left for London this morning where he is having an operation later today and we are hopeful that Paul will rejoin us back here in Cardiff either tomorrow evening or on Saturday.”

The Irish Times reports that Paul said to be bitterly disappointed in having his World Cup appearance cut short- as were the emotional rugby fans up and down the country.

In the mean time, Keith Earls and Johnny Sexton are expected to train on Friday. No decision has been made on whether or not to appeal Sean O’Brien’s one week ban for striking Pascal Pape.

“Keith Earls first of all, he sat out training on Tuesday, basically we’re just managing his load – but he will train fully tomorrow,” added Kearney.

He said it "took the guts of seven hours" in order to go through all the evidence. He said that they are "reflecting" on the written report before any further decisions are made.

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Kearney added that the team are incredibly grateful for the support of the fans. He said the atmosphere in in the Millennium stadium was like having a “16th man”.

“I don’t think anyone has ever heard Ireland’s call sung with such passion and gusto it really was spine tingling."

Good to know all those vocal exercises are paying off- even if we are just roaring at a TV screen.

 

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It was the image that summed up so much for Irish rugby fans: substitute out-half Ian Madigan shedding tears of joy, pure emotion – and of relief – as the final whistle sounded at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. 

Rising to the challenge when star-player Johnny Sexton limped off the pitch with just 25 minutes played, the Leinster-man had certainly performed when his teammates – and his country – needed him. 

And although we've yet to play our quarter-final game (against Argentina – and taking place next Sunday), the Boys In Green have already given us plenty of reasons to be proud. 

Indeed, with much of the country still preoccupied with 26-year-old Ian's performance – as well as that outpouring of emotion – the man-of-the-hour himself has taken to Instagram to reveal just what prompted the sobs.

"Incredible support from home and in the Millennium yesterday," he began – before tellingly adding: "Seeing mum and dad got the better of me at the end."

He furthermore included two playful emojis – a crying face and a baby.

 

Incredible support from home and in the Millennium yesterday. Seeing mum and dad got the better of me at the end

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His fans were firmly on his side, however. "Fantastic game! Who'd blame you? I was a blubbering mess meself! Bawling in the middle of the pub haha! Well done Mads," said one.

"You did us all proud yesterday Ian, amazing performance, well done!!" stated another, while a third wrote: "What a superstar!! Congrats Ian a huge performance! So deserved."

Meanwhile, there was further good news for the Irish team today: the squad moved up to No.3 in the world, just behind New Zealand and Australia respectively.

Our quarter-final foes Argentina slot in at No.6, with England, Scotland, and new-entrants Japan occupying the eighth, ninth, and 10th spots.

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He’s been retired from the game for more than a year, but Brian O’Driscoll continues to rake in the cash.

In fact, accumulated profits at his main firm soared by €100,000 to more than €3.6m last year – the same year he was saying goodbye to Leinster and Ireland fans.

In 2013, profits at ODM & Promotions had increased by €340,000.

Brian’s second autobiography, The Test, was released last November just in time for the Christmas rush.

The 36-year-old rugby legend also works as a presenter and pundit for Newstalk and BT Sport, and has lucrative deals with HSBC and Lexus, although much of his mega-earnings come from savvy investments.

Through a government-incentive for retired athletes, the Dubliner can also claim back 40 percent tax on his gross earnings from sports activity for the next ten years.

He set up his firm back in 2001 when he was still just 22. At the time, Brian had just months previously scored an incredible hat-trick of tries in Paris – a performance which understandably catapulted him into the public consciousness.

In the same year, he also joined the Lions squad for the first time for the team’s tour of Australia.

Mr O’Driscoll has been married to actress and author Amy Huberman for five years and they have two children: two-and-a-half year old Sadie, and Billy, who was born in November. They live in a €1m home in Goatstown in south Dublin, a property they bought back in 2005.

Meanwhile, Johnny Sexton, 30, is doing well too: new accounts show a record year for JAS Management and Promotions Ltd, with accumulated profits soaring by €385,000 to €861,250.

He is married to his childhood sweetheart, teacher Laura Priestley, and they have one son, Luca, who celebrated his first birthday last month.

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Irish rugby star Jonny Sexton and his wife are reportedly celebrating the birth of their son today!

Born at 7lbs, the new arrival is said to be happy and healthy.

The couple have not yet chosen a name for their first born – but we just can’t wait to hear what they decide on!

The Sextons, who are based in Paris, confirmed Laura’s pregnancy in February.

Last month, Jonny said he would be tempted to return home due to his growing family.

“It’s a family decision now, we’ve a baby on the way, me and Laura, and it’s very much a case of ‘let’s see how that goes’ – having a kid here and not having grandparents, aunties and uncles to look after it.

“We’ll just have to see how that goes for the next few months, all being well, touch wood, we’ll see what the options are then,” he said.

Jonny and Laura first met in Rathgar Tennis Club in Dublin when they were just 13 years old.

The couple tied the knot last July in an intimate ceremony in Adare, Co Limerick.

We couldn’t be happier for this lovely couple!

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One Direction’s Niall Horan couldn’t have picked two better people to give him a rugby lesson!

Niall – who is currently staying in Paris during 1D’s world tour – met up with none other than Irish rugby legends Ronan O’Gara and Johnny Sexton – for a kick around.

Ronan now lives in Paris after retiring from Irish rugby for a coaching role with Racing Metro.

Niall posted a video on Instagram of the kick about and praised the two lads after!

He captioned the clip, “Amazing to be around these two legends and to get a kicking lesson off them was incredible!”

What we wouldn’t have done to be there ourselves!

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