Former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and Black Sticks hockey player Gemma Flynn are engaged.
McCaw, who retired from all rugby after the All Blacks' back-to-back Rugby World Cup win last year, announced the engagement on his Facebook page this evening.
"Happy new year to everyone. I've had a fantastic start to 2016 and feel very lucky.
"Gemma said 'yes'! It's been great celebrating our engagement with friends and family in sunny central Otago. Here's to a great year ahead."
His post received about 29,000 'likes' within half an hour, along with more than 2000 comments.
McCaw was named a member of the exclusive Order of New Zealand in the New Year honour lists.