All Black Brodie Retallick and wife, Niki, welcome baby girl one year after tragic loss

  • 09/10/2018

All Blacks star Brodie Retallick and his wife Niki have welcomed a new addition to their family.

NZ head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed the birth of their daughter, Frankie May.

"Obviously, there has been a new addition to the family while we have been away which is exciting news for him, Niki and all of us," said Hansen at a press conference in South Africa on Monday.

She arrives a year after they lost their baby boy prematurely. Retallick subsequently withdrew from all rugby for almost four months, missing the annual European tour to remain in New Zealand and support his family.

Frankie May is the couple's second daughter, joining two-year-old Sienna.

The lock returned to rugby in January with his Super Rugby side, the Chiefs.

"We're going good," he said at the time. "It's been a nice break, well, in the circumstances."

After a typically strong start to the international season, Retallick hasn't featured for the All Blacks since injuring his shoulder against Argentina in Nelson.

Hansen said Retallick has been making excellent progress and is on track to rejoin the squad when they head to Japan later this month.

"Doc will see him when we get back and give him the tick of approval."

The All Blacks take on Australia in Yokohama on October 27, before tests against Japan, England, Ireland, and Italy.