Family First is praising the actions of All Black dads-to-be Chris Jack and Doug Howlett who are making themselves unavailable for upcoming rugby tests so they can support their wife and fiancé respectively when their babies are due.
“Most people will have forgotten the scores of these tests the players are missing within the next year or so, but their wives and children will always remember the sacrifice they have made to be there at the birth,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“Michael Jones was respected for his stand of not playing on Sundays, despite having to miss a number of important rugby games,” says Mr McCoskrie. “In the same way, Jack and Howlett deserve respect for sacrificing a rugby cap to put their family first at such a significant time.”
“Despite them both having played more than 50 tests each, I am sure that the arrival of their child will be a special memory for them. It will also be hugely appreciated by their families.”
“Only last week, new research suggested that New Zealand has one of the highest rates of post-natal depression in the world. Nearly a third of all kiwi mothers suffer the baby blues, according to a study carried out at Auckland University. It is vital that mums get all the support they need – especially from their husbands and close family members.”
Family First is also praising the All Blacks management for supporting Jack and Howlett’s entitlement to take paternity leave.
“Despite NZ’s love of rugby and All Black tests, it is good to know that we are also passionate about supporting families,” says Mr McCoskrie.