Richie McCaw to tie the knot

Cape Town - Former All Black captain Richie McCaw says he is "very lucky" to be engaged to long-time partner, New Zealand hockey star, Gemma Flynn.

"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," McCaw posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

Last year the All Blacks became the first team to win back-to-back World Cups, as McCaw lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time.

This year has already been a big one for the 148-Test All Blacks legend.

In the New Year's Honours he received New Zealand's highest accolade - being appointed to The Order of New Zealand (ONZ), which is confined to 20 living New Zealanders.

Flynn is a current member of the Black Sticks New Zealand women's hockey team, having made her debut in 2008.

Congratulations have poured in to the couple on Facebook, with McCaw's post receiving more than 50 000 likes in he first hour.

The pair have been together since 2013.

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