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Josh Adams relives ’emotional’ week after pulling out of Lions match to witness birth of his daughter

Josh Adams admitted he had to hold back his emotions after playing for the Lions days after the birth of his daughter.

The Wales winger pulled out of the squad to face South Africa A in midweek in order to witness the birth of his first child over a video call after his fiancee Georgia went into labour on Wednesday.

And, after returning to face the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday, he admitted it was a tough experience to deal with.

“I was a bit emotional and it has been hard to be honest,” Adams told S4C.

“I spoke to them (my family) before coming here to play.

“I had to keep my emotions under wraps. It was a different experience (watching the birth over Zoom) but it was something I had to do.

“I had to watch it happening. It’s something huge in my life and in Georgia’s life as well, so I was never going to miss the opportunity to watch it.”

The Cardiff Rugby star spoke before the Lions tour about how he went to South Africa with the full blessing of his family.

The fixture against the Stormers marked the first time that Adams had not got himself onto the scoresheet – perhaps understandably so given the week he’d just had.

However, despite that, he’s still well-placed to start the Test series against the Springboks next week.

“It would be really nice for me and the family,” added Adams.

“I’ve come out here knowing the sacrifice I was making, so it would be really nice if I could get a game in the three Tests.”

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