New sporting power couple Maria Tutaia and Israel Folau have been teasing fans with snippets of a new relationship for weeks now, but took a big step over the weekend - by sharing the same loved-up snap on Instagram.

The Silver Fern and the Australian rugby star have been flirting via social media for some time, but had avoided being pictured together until now.

In a photo taken by the waterfront in Queenstown, the couple are all smiles with Folau's arm draped across Tutaia's shoulders.

Tutaia's not the only netballer enjoying a hot new romance this summer.

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Silver Fern Kayla Cullen also recently confirmed she and Warriors player Shaun Johnson are in a relationship.