Rugby: Chiefs director Warren Gatland becomes grandfather for first time, with baby girl given same name as daughter who died tragically

Chiefs director of rugby Warren Gatland
Chiefs director of rugby Warren Gatland Photo credit: Image - Getty Images

Chiefs director of rugby Warren Gatland is a grandfather for the first time, after daughter Gabby gave birth to a baby girl. 

Gabby gave birth to baby Sia Shauna Stone in the early hours of Saturday in New Zealand. 

Sharing the news on Instagram, Gabby wrote: "Sia Shauna Stone. Arrived safely at 2:02am on October 16 2021 weighing 8.12lbs. 

"You are our sunshine."

Gabby and partner Sam have announced the baby's middle name is Shauna, in honour of Gatland's first daughter, who tragically died at just four months old in 1992. 

Shauna died after being born with spina bifida in Ireland, where Gatland was playing at the time. 

In his autobiography Pride and Passion, Gatland wrote of the heartbreak he and wife Trudi felt, saying it put sport and life into perspective.

"When Shauna was born in the early hours of January 17, 1992, our world changed," he wrote. "Whatever problems she had didn't register with me at the moment of birth, but there were tears in the eyes of the nursing staff. 

"The nurses knew deep down her condition was serious and an immediate scan confirmed the worst. We were devastated."

After a disastrous first season back in New Zealand coaching the Chiefs, who went 0-8 in Super Rugby Aotearoa 2020, Gatland has moved into a director of rugby role with the Waikato side. 

Clayton McMillan will continue as Chiefs head coach, after an impressive 2021 campaign, while Gatland was away coaching the British & Irish Lions in South Africa.