Congratulations flow for Richie McCaw and Gemma Flynn

Richie and Gemma announced their engagement on Facebook yesterday (Facebook)
Richie and Gemma announced their engagement on Facebook yesterday (Facebook)

The sound of hearts breaking echoed across the country yesterday when Richie McCaw announced his engagement to long-time girlfriend Gemma Flynn.

But despite the collective sigh of disappointment from New Zealand's female population, congratulations have flowed in for the happy couple - from Flynn's teammates in the Black Sticks, thousands of online well-wishers and even the Daily Mail doing a write up.

McCaw's Facebook post announcing the news attracted more than 99,000 likes and nearly 6000 comments by this morning and had been shared almost 3000 times.

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