Johnny Sexton and his wife welcome baby - and they picked one of the most popular names 1 week ago

Johnny Sexton and his wife welcome baby - and they picked one of the most popular names

Congratulations!

A huge congrats is in order for Johnny Sexton and his wife, Laura Priestley - they have welcomed their first child.

Johnny announced the news on Instagram to his 123k followers with a gushing post and picture of his newborn.

He said: "Hard to put into words the last few days. First of all, I am incredibly proud of my wife Laura and we are delighted to welcome baby Sophie into our family.

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"Thankfully both Laura and Sophie are doing great and I look forward to getting them both home to Amy and Luca."

He continued on the post, writing about his achievement of becoming captain of Leinster.

"When I didn’t think my week could get any better I was then asked to lead the team I grew up supporting, and dreaming to play for. This is a huge honour and I am immensely proud. It is a big ask to follow in the footsteps of a man like Isa but it is one that I am looking forward to."

Johnny and Laura have picked one of the most popular baby names for their little one.

Sophie has been ranked in the top 5 for many lists in the past few years, including two this year.