Benji Marshall has revealed the drama around the birth of his first child for the first time, saying his wife Zoe endured a painful 10-hour labour.
The league star tells the latest edition of Woman's Day that he was terrified during the birth of his first child with Zoe, a baby boy they've called Fox.
Zoe spent 10 hours giving birth to Fox, enduring painful contractions and an epidural, before a doctor delivered some dramatic news.
"The doctor said the cord was wrapped about the baby's neck, so I told Zoe she had to push. It was as if I was giving a talk to the boys on the field," Benji tells the magazine.
"Everyone in the room was making pushing noises to motivate her."
FOX. You have stolen my heart. I’ve been deep in the baby bubble, savouring every moment. No social media, hardly any visitors, just giving myself space to get to know this new love. It’s a love I couldn’t comprehend, challenging me in ways I didn’t expect, there have been many many tears - tears of joy and pure overwhelm. Thank you everyone for all the love and support through this time. I promise I will be out of my little cocoon soon.. In the mean time @womansdayaus @womansdaynz came over took these beautiful shots and had a chat about the birth and all things baby Fox.. you can read it at the direct link on my bio
After the birth, Benji says he squeezed Fox tightly because the doctor had told him he'd feel like "a wet footy".
"I held him up like on The Lion King and put him on Zoe's chest straight away. We were both crying. I was hysterical ... I know everyone says it, but it changes your world."
The pair have been quiet on social media over the past couple of weeks, despite documenting much of their pregnancy through Instagram.
It was revealed the pair had signed an exclusive interview deal with Woman's Day for the story.