All Black Conrad Smith's parents are as proud as punch with the family's newest arrival.
The former Taranaki man flew back to New Zealand ahead of Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup to be at the side of his wife, Lee-Anne Snowdon, so they could welcome their newborn son together.
Trevor Smith said his son Conrad was now a doting first-time father, and had been quick to send his parents a picture of "Baby Smith".
"I've only seen the picture on my phone, but he's cute and by all accounts healthy," Trevor said.
Trevor and his wife Marian will be heading down to Wellington to meet Baby Smith as soon as they have secured time off work.
Baby Smith is grandchild number nine for them, and weighed in at "about seven and a half pounds", Trevor said.
When asked if Baby Smith was going to be given a rugby ball by his grandparents, Trevor laughed.
"I might take him a set of golf clubs or some bowls," he said.
"You never know, he may grow up to be a singer or an artist, so let's see what path he takes."
With a father who is an All Black and a qualified lawyer, Baby Smith could be destined for great things.
Lee-Anne, who is a yoga instructor in Wellington, and Conrad tied the knot in October last year at Waiau Country Estate near the tiny Taranaki town of Urenui.
She is a former New Plymouth Girls' High student and he attended Francis Douglas Memorial College, across town.
When asked if Baby Smith was already enrolled in Francis Douglas, Trevor laughed.
"I'd better not say, because you never know, Lee-Anne may have other ideas," he said.
Conrad and Lee-Anne have been together for several years and travelled the world together before they married last year.
In 2012 they went on a three month trip, taking them to Bolivia, Peru, the Netherlands and Sweden.
Their travels have also taken them on a week-long visit to a Kenyan refugee camp, where nearly 1000 families were living in "patchwork" tents as a result of the brutal tribal violence during the 2007 elections.
Trevor and Marian have three other grandchildren who live in Wellington and he said it would be nice for the newest arrival to have some cousins to grow up with.
- Taranaki Daily News
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